Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart.
They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure.
God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
How beautiful is your conception of God? How deeply have you come to know and appreciate the love of Christ? If you haven’t yet seen God as the most magnificent, benevolent, and gracious being in the cosmos, keep looking. The more fully you come to grasp God as revealed in Christ, the more you will grow in your desire to give. You will find “whatever [you] have decided to give in [your] heart” begin to change. You will grow to be a generous person, for we worship a generous God.
This kind of transformation, if it takes hold in your life and in your church, will have manifold results. What would be said of your church in your town if your generosity became widely known? What if your church were made up of “cheerful givers” who gave freely and with concern for the poor? What if your church gladly served the needs of many, and constantly sought to bless others without any expectation of return?
Giving is not simply a matter of obedience, but a matter of witness. It is an act of love for both God and neighbor. It is an evidence of manifold grace.
Lord, help me to be generous with my finances.
Help me to give to those that are in need. Amen.