Read 2 Corinthians 5:1 through 9:15
Jeanne had given her two-year-old granddaughter money for the offering at church. Julia clutched the money tightly in her hand as she watched the usher coming toward her with the offering plate. Unhappily, she dropped her offering into the plate. Then she commented loudly: “People, I want my money back!”
We understand why a two-year-old might not want to be separated from her money, but do Christian adults sometimes react in a similar manner? Do they want to hold onto their money and return only a small portion to the God who blesses them abundantly?
Paul said believers should give this way:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We have two choices concerning our finances. We can clutch our money tightly and, like Julia, give with a grudging heart, or we can open our purse or wallet and be cheerful givers.
Challenge for Today: Will you give freely and cheerfully of the money God has given?
Quicklook: 2 Corinthians 9:6–10
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