Giving – by Donna Vargas
Webster’s definition of the word give is, “freely transferring the possession of (something) to (someone).” What does God mean by giving? In Malachi 3:7-9, God tells us that by NOT giving, we are robbing Him. Robbing Him; I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be robbing God, the same sovereign God that sacrificed His only son to pay for our sins. However, as Brad discussed on Sunday, it isn’t solely about giving our 10%; it’s about our hearts and where they are when we give. Are we doing it for recognition or out of obligation or is to glorify God’s command?
God has blessed us with everything that we have: families, talents, careers, health, so why is it so difficult to tithe consistently? I struggle with this, too. Doubt creeps its way in, making me believe that I can’t afford the 10%, when instead, I should have 100% faith that God will provide. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 describes perfectly what it means to be a cheerful giver: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
This week, I encourage you to pray and ask God about how much HE wants you to give.