The Cheerful Giver
ALVARADO, TEX. – It’s easy to be a cheerful giver when everything is going right, isn’t it? But how do we be cheerful givers when it’s not?
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 shares, “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.”
Many think of finances when they read that verse. As the treasurer for the Texas Conference, I appreciate the faithfulness of our members to return 10 percent of their earnings as tithe to their local church as God instructed, as well as financially supporting their local church budget for building and ministry expenses. But I also know that the Lord appreciates when we cheerfully give of our time and talents.
When the Texas Conference started the online church experience this past July, many office personnel had to step out of their comfort zones to participate in the services.
Even before that, when many churches had to close because of COVID-19, pastors and members alike learned to minister in new ways. God blessed those efforts as He said He would in the verses mentioned at the beginning. We may not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.
Just like the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-29, we have a choice. How will you choose to give today?
By Randall B. Terry