As I was reading II Corinthians 9:7 this morning, So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. I know this is quoted a lot regarding paying tithes or giving of money, and I agree that we should do these things cheerfully. I believe that what you spend your money on shows what is important to you. I believe that is why God wants us to be cheerful when doing this because only then are we giving from the heart. However, money was not what God laid on my heart with this scripture this morning.
I believe our time is also valuable to God and that we should give it cheerfully. A lot of times people will give money before they will donate their time. We, as a society, value money so much that we often overlook people who donate their time and only give recognition to the people who make monetary donations. The person who donated their time may have given all they had. They gave the one thing they can never get back, their time on this earth. Maybe they spent time cleaning or taking care of projects at their church to ensure everything is clean for you to arrive on Sunday morning, maybe they spent time working in their own ministry to help others that are in need and to share Jesus with them, or maybe they spent time in prayer praying for you and I to defeat whatever may come against us this week. I believe these things are just as important to God if they are done earnestly and cheerfully. God wants us to be eager and excited about serving him whether we are giving money or time.
God is looking for the person who is willing to give their all to him. Just like the widow in Luke chapter 21. Her gift in man’s eyes was much less than the gifts the rich were giving, but Jesus said in verse 3and 4, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had. Let’s start giving Jesus our all today. Let’s quit putting monetary value on everything and start giving from our heart, all that we have. Stop looking at what others are doing or giving and start focusing on what you can do and what you can give. Each of us have a purpose and God wants us to fulfill that purpose. It doesn’t matter how big or small you think your purpose is, God just wants you to give it your all. Stop comparing your purpose or your gifts to someone else’s purpose or gifts and just give it your all. God is looking for total surrender and commitment from us to love and serve him only.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!