Give in the spirit in which you receive

By: Lisa Wilmore

How excited are you when it comes to giving to the ministry in your church. When it is time to give, do you give with a cheerful heart or a heart of regret? Well, the same excitement that we show when we truly understand the gift from God his son, we should exemplify the same spirit when it’s time for us to give to the church and community ministries.
Generally speaking, freely and cheerfully giving to ministries is perhaps one of the most needed actions in order to maintain effective outreach to lost souls and pursuit of additional spiritual assignments by God. It is important and vital that Christian believers support ministries that God has allowed individuals to institute on behalf of kingdom building.
Whether an individual is giving out of their resources, time and/or talent, a Christian believer should be ready and willing to give in the same spirit in which they receive.
In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul writes “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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work…They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift” (NIV).
Paul encourages the Corinthians to give as the Macedonians had been giving. We must be a participating giver to aid in the ministry of the church and the poor. God bless you!