God Loves a Cheerful Giver
 But this I say , He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully
 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Acts 10:1-2 KJV
 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band
 A devout man , and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
James 2:15-16 KJV
 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food
 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
It’s painful how God has been used by many as a means to an end. To them, He’s only a means of making money and acquiring wealth. It’s been taught over and over again in churches. Some have devoted to themselves the “ministry of prosperity”. There’s absolute nothing wrong with being rich, God doesn’t want us to live as beggars, nevertheless there’s more to God and life than just acquiring material things; wealth that could lose its value at any time, could be stolen or lost. Many times, we quote scriptures about sowing and reaping just to justify our greed. When we read about people who were givers and how God prospered them, we forget about why they did the things they did and focus only on the rewards. Many of them in the bible who were givers did it out of love and a heart of gratitude. They were not asking God for anything in return. Abraham returned from war victorious and out of gratitude gave a tenth of all he had gotten to Melchizedek. David gave abundantly out of his personal collection for the building of God’s temple because He loved the Lord.
Paul in our key scriptures encouraged the Corinthians to give out of love, happily, not grudgingly. It’s selfishness that makes believers demand something from God in return after performing an act of kindness. How would you give money in church for a particular project and tell God to pay you back with a 100% interest? That’s selfishness, God is not a money doubler. You see a brother or sister that’s hungry, rather than give him food or money to get food, you rather take the money to church for “money doubling”. We ought to walk in love, this is the only commandment we have in the new covenant. If Jesus was only after what He would get in return while on earth, He probably wouldn’t have died for us but He loved us and died for us. Love isn’t only in words but action hence, James says if you pray for the hungry to be filled without giving him food then your faith is dead because it wasn’t backed up with works. One of the results of believers being filled with the Holy Ghost was that they shared things among themselves. The rich shared with the poor and the poor shared with the rich. Dearly beloved, put away selfishness and greed and let brotherly love continue. Never forget Hebrews 13:16
“But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
God bless you.
Dear Lord, help me to cultivate the habit of giving, teach me how to love others just as you loved me, Amen
Author – Andy