“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
This is one of those verses that causes a stomach drop in me. I consider myself a generous giver. In my current position, I am not in a place where my generosity can always be financially. In fact, I feel as though if someone took my bank account information they would feel sorry for me, and even fill it up a bit.
One area I feel as though I am the most generous is my energy. I consider myself a cheerful giver in my energy for, and towards, people. I love spending time with people and finding ways to make their days better. I will give my energy in the form of a conversation, helping them with a chore, or whatever else they may need. But I would be lying if I said it was always with joy.
There are some days I do live up to my call as a cheerful giver. Some days I feel as though I deserve to be served and given someone’s energy. Some days I feel too proud of my energy and make it selective to certain people. Some days I only give my energy to the situations that will give me back praise and acknowledgement.
The reality is that for most of us, we do not magically turn into the cheerful giver mentioned in our verses today. We cannot become the cheerful giver unless we are walking with God. Our predisposition is selfishness because of the sinful life we were born into. We all struggle on some level with a desire to only do things for ourselves.
This is why the last verse in our passage today is crucial because it reveals to us how God makes grace abound. Grace meets us where we are and takes the place of our sin. No matter how much sin you may think you have, there will always be more grace. It is because of grace we have sufficiency in all things, and it helps us become a cheerful giver one step at a time walking with God.
Grace is what shifts our hearts away from our selfish desires. It is important to remember we will not ALWAYS make the decision a cheerful giver should, but every chance we get to be a cheerful giver we get one step closer. Jesus is THE cheerful giver. He set the standard for what it means to give of oneself over and over. Jesus set the standard so high He decided you and I were worth dying on a cross for, and He did it with joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).
For the sake of transparency, I really have to love someone, and they would have to prove to me how much they love me before I am willing to die for them. In an ideal world, it should not matter who the person is because a cheerful giver says whatever it is, I will give. My hope is with every decision I make to push against my selfish nature and chose to imitate Jesus’ giving, I will become more and more of a cheerful giver.
I challenge myself to find one opportunity each day in order to take a step towards becoming a cheerful giver. I find someone to invest time into, buy a cup of coffee, randomly Venmo one of my friends, and so many other small ways to care for someone. The journey to becoming a more cheerful giver comes one step at a time, and one decision at a time. Ultimately, walking with Christ will mold our hearts to reflect His kindness.
What thoughts do you have when you think about becoming a cheerful giver?
Do you feel as though being a cheerful giver is apparent in your life? If not, what could be some reasons why?
What would your life look like if you became a cheerful giver? Who are some people you can start with today to step into becoming a cheerful giver?
Father, thank you for Your kindness that is constantly on display. Surely, as I see how You live, I see the consistent kindness You show to every single person. I pray as I learn more of Your kindness that I would reflect it to this world. Soften my heart to others and help me step into caring for those around me. I love You Father, and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.