Walking In God’s Favor: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV
Why would God say He loves a cheerful giver? Giving is an emotional experience that involves the heart. The word of God says that where your treasures are, that’s where your heart will be also. You must make giving a part of your day to day Christian experience. Here’s how to start.
- Pray…Ask for God’s power to change your heart. David asked God for a clean heart. Only God has the ability to change hearts. God can transform your thinking if you give Him permission.
- Seek…Discover God’s wisdom in His Word. Turn off the TV, iPad and Blackberry. Get into a regular Bible study group. How can you walk in God’s wisdom if you rarely read His divine road map?
- Fellowship…Rub shoulders with people who are generous givers of their time, talents, treasure (money) & temple(body) in honor of God. Hang around people who live a stewardship lifestyle and are great examples of faithfulness.
- Share…Tell your experience to others of how God has blessed your faithfulness. Many times you do not realize God is all you need, until God is all you got.
People can give more when they are not in bondage to debt and credit cards. It is difficult to give cheerfully to the Kingdom when you have overextended yourself financially. Learn to say “No” to the person in the mirror and “Yes” to the Giver & Creator of life.
Prayer of Blessing: Father God, helps us to give cheerfully from a place of love.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.