How to Give #2 – Grumbling Gift
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
Imagine that it is two days before my wife’s birthday and I still have not gotten her a gift. The reason I have not purchased her a gift yet is that I do not want to get her a gift. It takes too much time to figure out what she would want; I would rather spend the money on something for myself, and giving someone else a gift is not any fun for me. Begrudgingly, I pick something random off Amazon, have it shipped here in two days, and I give her the gift because “it is what I’m supposed to do.” I am sure by now all of you reading this are cringing. We all know this situation is not going to work out well for me in the end. Unfortunately, this is the way so many of us act when it comes to giving to the church. If I gave a gift to my wife with that attitude, she would be so disappointed. I am sure she would rather I just did not get her anything at all. This is the exact same way that God feels when our giving is done with a bad attitude. Let us get real here; nobody likes to talk about money. We do not like to talk about money with our friends, family, or especially at church. So, unfortunately, many churches and people ignore the topic completely, and they never get to experience something incredible that God designed.
2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
This verse so clearly and succinctly sums up how we are supposed to give. First, we are supposed to actually think about what we give. Take some time to pray and seek God asking Him what He would have you give. In the same way that I would actually take the time to think about what I should get my wife for her birthday, God wants us to put some thought into how He would have us give to His Kingdom. When we give, we are supposed to do it joyfully. If you are not able to give joyfully, then you need to take some time and examine your heart. A reluctance to give can point to many different deeper spiritual issues. Until those are resolved God would rather you did not give at all. Again, if I am giving my wife a birthday gift only because I have to, not because I want to, we all know she would rather I just did not bother. My gift to her should be a way for me to show my great love for her, not something given out of obligation. Lastly, throughout Scripture we see people giving sacrificially. The church in Acts 2 was not wealthy by any means, but they all gave sacrificially to the church to help each other. When we give, it should cause us to sacrifice some other luxury. We want to show God that He above all, He is most important in our lives. We can do that by giving back to Him some of what He has given to us.