You Can't Love Without Giving
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
God loves it when you give with a good attitude.
Did you know that every time you give, you reveal what matters to you?
Tell me how you spend your money and your time, and I’ll tell you what matters most to you. People make time for and spend money on what truly matters to them.
When you are generous with your time, money, effort, and energy, you’re communicating that God and people are what matter most.
“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:4-5 NLT).
A lot of people give, but they don’t do it with the right attitude. Whether they give out of guilt or pressure, or they want others to pat them on the back after they post a selfie with the person they just helped. Giving with self-serving motives don’t count in God’s Kingdom.
Your giving should be with the heart of Jesus. Your giving should come from a place of love for God and for people. It should be with a good attitude. It should be to lift up and empower the person to whom you are giving.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)
This is exactly why we, at Seminole Church, give gift cards to parents of families who are struggling around Christmas time. Instead of going out and picking gifts for some other family, we have a generous church that gives gift cards. That way, the parents of the family we are helping get to go do the shopping. The parents get the credit. It’s not about us. It’s not about a Facebook post. It’s about loving people and serving people.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (Acts 20:35)
Even though it's not about us, it does feel good to give. God wants us as individuals and churches to be more generous, because it makes us more like him. He uses our giving to bless others. And, in turn, he uses our generosity to bless us.
Do you want your family to be more joyful? Then be more generous as a family. Do you want to be a more joyful person? Then be more generous as a person.