Read: 2Cor 9:1-15
“… don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Jerusalem is in a famine and the Christians there are suffering. So Paul leads the charge to take an offering to support them in their suffering -building bridges between Jewish and Gentile believers.
I love vs. 7-8. If we can learn to give (not in response to manipulation) with joyful and expectant hearts, then God takes care of the rest. God wants us to live as people of faith in the area of our finances. In essence, financial freedom isn’t having enough in the bank to do whatever we want, but having enough generosity in our hearts to be free and joyful givers.
Have you ever noticed that generous people are happy and don’t spend a great deal of time worrying about whether they will have enough. Generous Christ-followers have learned the heart lesson that Jesus always comes through and that when we are generous He comes through with abundance.
So do you trust God enough to be an outrageously generous and joyful giver? When you cross this line in your heart there is a freedom and adventure, as well as an impact and a purpose that envelopes your life. Take a minute and evaluate the financial freedom level of your heart (not your bank account), and ask God to make you the kind of person who trusts Him.
Lord – help me to live like I trust that you will always provide every need I have and even give me plenty left over to share with others. Give me practical steps to take in generosity and fill my heart with faith and expectation for great things ahead. You are faithful and I thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.