Gift of Giving

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

We’re all called to give to the Lord.  There is debate today whether we should hold to the Old Testament standard of a ten percent tithe or whether it was abolished in the New Testament.

Those with the gift of giving are not likely to even bother with such debates however.  It is a joy to give and there is no set percentage in their head.  Instead they give as God blesses them and look for other ways to give as well.

Although giving is usually thought of as money, it can be time as well.  Those who can’t give as much financially may use their time to save the church money.  They may also have a gift of service or helps that works in conjunction with their gift of giving.

While we are all instructed to give cheerfully, a gifted giver always does so cheerfully and doesn’t look for recognition.  These people should be set as examples for other Christians who are reluctant givers but we need to be careful because they may wish to remain anonymous.

Jesus instructed us to give as though the right hand did not know what the left was doing.  Gifted givers are going to live this and not be like the Pharisees who wanted all to know how much they gave.

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