The Cheerful Giver
March 14, 2011 § 4 Comments
There is a joy that accompanies generosity…
A blessed intimate abiding between the redeemed and the Redeemer who never drops even meager offerings.
In the giving there is a birth which overshadows the death of temporary treasures.
With eyes set on eternity, the cheerful giver cannot wait to drop her donation in the plate, her gift in the box, her package in the mail for she considers the smiles and prayers of thanksgiving waiting on the other side.
The cheerful giver woos man to draw near to Christ as she follows His commandments:
Feed, clothe, give, go, take care…
Knowing that she cannot out give the Father, for He has already given of His Son, the cheerful giver will share her abundance or her slight understanding that she is a mere steward and God is the ruler and controller of all things.
The cheerful giver has learned that it is in the opening of the hand, not in the clenching of the fist, that there is life.
May your hands be open and the gifts be plentifully given.
Raise the Risk Challenge
- Read about the needs of the world in Richard Stearns book, The Hole in Our Gospel, and respond as the Holy Spirit leads.
- Post an experience when you were on the giving or receiving end of a gift cheerfully given and tell what it meant to you.
- Consider what you can give this week and ask God to open your eyes to see the needs of your community and the world as He sees them.