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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Give Cheerfully”
The Apostle Paul said that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
The word for cheerful in the Greek is ‘hilaros,’ which is ‘hilarious’ in the English language. God says He wants us to have a good time when we give. The Bible doesn’t say, “Give until it hurts;” rather give because it’s good to obey God’s word.
But how can we give cheerfully?
First, remember it comes from God.
We’ll never give God anything He didn’t give us first.
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)
When farmers plants crops, they know they didn’t invent the seed; rather God gave it to them. Whatever crops are harvested, God gave the means to grow it.
Second, remember God’s guarantee.
Jesus said whatever we give God will give it back in one way or another, and I’m not talking just financially. We may give financially, but God may return it tenfold in areas like the fruit or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Because Jesus said it, it’s a promise and a guarantee.
The Apostle Paul gives us the same idea.
“While you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)
God guarantees that we’ll receive as we give, and in the process increase our capacity of love and compassion.
Finally, remember God’s eternal rewards.
“As it is written: ‘He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.’” (2 Corinthians 9:9)
Jesus said we’re to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:21), and then when we get to heaven they’ll be waiting.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study