Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV)
Read: 2 Corinthians 8-9
Consider: Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to encourage the believers there to give generously towards a collection for the suffering church. It would be very easy to think that Paul was interested in their money, when actually he was interested in seeing them express their love for God in their giving.
I’m sure you’ve had situations in the past where you have had a personal battle about how much money you should give, either to your church or to a charity. Let me assure you that everyone has the same battles. It isn’t that we have the battles, but how they are resolved that matters. While some people find it easy to give, others find it easy to talk themselves out of generous giving.
Paul does not advocate giving so that we ourselves have nothing. What he wants is a bit more equality in the world (see Corinthians 8:13-15). While God’s Word encourages us to give, we must also remember that God does not expect us to give beyond our means. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
Pray: Father, give us the right attitude towards money, so that we don’t see our security in the size of our bank balance. Help us to be open-handed and generous whenever we can. Amen