God Loves A Cheerful Giver | Giving With The Right Heart Motive

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When it comes to giving there are some who give cheerfully, some who give while not being cheerful, and some who don’t give at all. The Bible is clear about how we should give and talks about different types of giving.

What does the Bible say about giving cheerfully with the right motive? The Bible says a person should give as he purposeth in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity. God loves a cheerful giver with the right heart. The correct heart motive is to give and help others from a place of love for them. Not to be seen by man but to be seen by God. (2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:1-4)

  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
  • Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  2  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  3  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

God wants born again believer to be cheerful givers. I use to struggle with giving until God opened my eyes to see the truth about it! Let’s take a look at the scripture together concerning giving with the right heart intent.

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Discerning The Intent Of The Heart When Giving Cheerfully

There are different types of giving in the earth today. Some give with the intention of the person paying them back with interest. Some give with the intention of being seen by people for their applaud or views. Some give with the intent of helping another person grudgingly or of necessity. Some give with certain conditions or strings attached expecting that person to do something in return.

With so many different types of scenarios concerning giving, how does a born again believer discern their heart intent is pure when they give? The Bible says the word of God is a discerner of thought and intent of the heart. That means the word discerns the motive of the heart when giving. If you give according to the word of God then the intent is pure. If you give any other way apart from the word of God then the intent is not pure.

  • Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

A Lifestyle Of Giving Cheerfully Vs A Lifestyle Of Giving Carnally

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When it comes to giving money or other things some people really struggle with it. I use to be one of those people. God spoke to me one day and told me “I want to teach you to control money so it doesn’t control you.” Let me share some things the Holy Ghost taught me in relation to this and giving in general.

Money in itself is not bad or evil. However, the love money is the root of all evil!

  • 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

If someone loves money, then they will definitely not give with the right intent. That’s if they even gave at all. Realize that money is just a tool while we are here in earth. God wants to bless believers in such a way so they can be a blessing to others. Understand that money or things that are given to believers by God, are considered His. God wants to co-labor with us in life and that includes how we give. He wants to help us steward what He gives us by His leading so it produces life and not death.

If someone loves money or things more than God, then the flesh/carnal mind will control them in this area of life. If they love God more than money or things, then the Spirit will lead them in this area of life.

  • Luke 16:10-13 (KJV)  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  11  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  12  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?  13  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Choose which master you want to serve because you can’t serve both. Decide in your heart which path to take. Who will you give control to in regards to things and money? God or mammon? The old man in the carnal flesh will choose mammon. The new man in Christ Jesus will choose God. In other words, the old man will give according to the carnal flesh. The new man will give according to the Spirit of God!

  • Romans 8:6-8 (KJV)  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

The reality is the flesh/carnal way of giving vs the Spirit’s way of giving is different.

Let’s look at one way the flesh/carnal man gives.

Luke 15:11-14 (KJV)  And he said, A certain man had two sons:  12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.  13  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

In this parable, one of the sons wants his inheritance early in life. Notice the son’s motive was focused only on him selfishly and what his flesh wanted. This son gave his inheritance away on riotous living. He gave his money and sowed all that he received to the world. In other words, he gave in such a way that it helped expand the kingdom of darkness here on earth. What might that look like today? Perhaps sowing/giving finances or things to…

  • The liquor store to get drunk because it feels good.
  • The drug dealer to get high.
  • Some movie/tv show subscription service to watch sexual shows immoral things.
  • A new computer to watch porn, spread gossip/lies on social media, hack/steal from others, etc.
  • The nightclub to meet someone for a one night stand while cheating on their spouse, have a good time, get drunk or high, etc.
  • Others all around with the intent of being seen by people. Maybe to be seen for the praise, for the views, for the followers, to promote their brand or business, etc.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying computers or TVs are necessarily bad. There are plenty of shows with a good message and furthering the kingdom of God. What I’m saying is some give or sow to certain companies with the wrong intent.

How about giving to a drug dealer? If the heart motive is wrong, then the person is giving or sowing with the intent of receiving drugs in return to get high. However, what if Holy Spirit said to give the drug dealer some money with no intent of receiving anything in return? Would that person give to the drug dealer then? Maybe that drug dealer got robbed earlier that week and the Holy Spirit knows this and wants to help them. The drug dealer still needs to eat and provide for their family food, etc. God knowing this wanted to show His goodness towards them when it wasn’t deserved and to share the good news about Jesus Christ. That’s a totally different type of giving with a pure heart motive.

What about instead of giving things away for selfish gain such as views, selling a product, getting praised by man or growing your business. What if that same person gave out of love for the other people they were speaking to instead? What if their motive wasn’t to be seen by man, but to be seen by God and be a blessing to people with no strings attached? That’s a healthy way of giving according to the Bible.

The point is some people give their resources, inheritance, or finances away to the world more than they realize. They enjoy giving things from a carnal perspective because that’s what the flesh likes.

Let’s get back to the parable. The son’s way of living/giving was based on giving to the world which appeases the carnal flesh/old man. The son’s motive was wrong from the start and although the flesh was happy for a season, this ultimately produced death. He lost all that he received because of his lifestyle of giving to the world through riotous living. Until he realized that type of living/giving didn’t help him or the others he was giving to. He finally realized that type of lifestyle just isn’t worth it! Remember, Satan is a thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy!

  • Luke 15:14-17 (KJV)  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  16  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  17  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
  • John 10:10 (KJV)  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Let’s examine God’s way of giving in the same parable according to the way the Father gave. The Father gave from a Spiritual standpoint in love. The Father had a right to not give the inheritance to the son at that time. However, that didn’t stop the Father from giving the inheritance to the son. The Father gave with no requirement on how the son would use it. Let’s look at a few verses.

  • Luke 15:21-24 (KJV)  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.  22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  23  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:  24  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
  • Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  2  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  3  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (KJV)  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

The Father’s type of giving was different than the son’s. He gave from a place of love selflessly. What’s that look like?

  • He gave with the intent of not being seen by people.
  • He was patient and kind while giving.
  • He didn’t envy or give the inheritance away grudgingly even though the son asked prematurely.
  • He wasn’t puffed up while or after He gave.
  • He gave with the intent and hope that the son would do the right thing.
  • When the son misused and lost it all. The Father wasn’t upset but was glad that He could give to the son again cheerfully. It was His intent and hope that the son would steward what was giving this time properly.

The Father loved the son and wanted what was best for him. He hoped the best for the son. This was also reflected in his giving before, during, and after the son returned!

  • Proverbs 28:7 (KJV)  Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16 (KJV)  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

The way the son lived should of been considered a shame to the Father. This is because the son lived riotously once he received the inheritance. However, the Father wasn’t looking at the son according to the flesh. It was a joy for the Father to give to the son again once he returned because the Father was giving through the eyes of joy and love in the Spirit!

Let me give you an example of God doing something similar in my life. I knew a particular person who was stealing things. One day the Holy Spirit told me to give them money even though I knew they were stealing from people! Basically, God told me to tell them that God wasn’t a thief and loved them. So I got alone with the person when no one was around and did what God said. They immediately broke down and started crying as God began to minister to them! God showed them His goodness, grace, and mercy! All while protecting their integrity! Praise God!

  • Proverbs 21:14 (KJV)  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

The only reason I bring this up is to help you understand God’s way doesn’t make sense to the flesh. The flesh doesn’t like giving in those types of scenarios cause “they don’t deserve it”. If I gave in front of people then those other people may have got a wrong perspective about the person God was trying to help. Also, that person’s character or dignity may have been hurt in the process by what the other people saw. That wouldn’t have been giving in love. The point is God wanted to give and help them with no strings attached sincerely. God wanted them to know His love for them and for no other reason. God wanted it to be an intimate moment between the two of them!

The only way to discern giving with the right heart intent is based on the word of God. The word says we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. The word tells to give not to be seen by people. The word says we should give cheerfully. As long as The Word is discerning your motives while giving and you trust what is written in God’s Word above everything else. Then you can stand firm knowing you gave from the right perspective.

Giving Cheerfully To The Poor, The Body Of Christ, And Others!

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In the Bible where it talks about God loving a cheerful giver, the context is in relation to one portion of believers giving to another portion of believers in the body of Christ. Today, the world and carnal flesh have made this type of giving one to be hated!

  • 2 Corinthians 9:1-5 (KJV)  For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:  2  For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.  3  Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:  4  Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.  5  Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

So giving to the church/body of Christ is something a believer should do as well. A good portion of believers love to give to the businesses of this world. Which have no intention of furthering the kingdom of God. However, the moment a church aka member of the body of Christ asks for an offering, etc. Then the carnal flesh yells loudly not to give! The flesh will never understand the things of the Spirit.

Now in this scenario, Paul is reaching out to the saints and believers to give. Paul also refers to sowing and reaping here. Let’s focus on the intent of this giving. Paul says as they purpose in their heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity. He goes on to say God loves a cheerful giver.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 (KJV)  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:  9  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Paul starts by talking about sowing and reaping in relation to giving. Think of it like seeds in a garden. If someone sows one seed then one tree will grow and produce fruit. If someone sows 3 seeds, then three trees will grow and produce fruits. This is a process and without a seed being planted how can a tree grow or bear fruit?

The purpose of sowing here is to be able to bless them in such a way that they can bless/help others. God will bless them and they will also reap. Those fruits that are produced/reaped are then used to continue to sow as Holy Spirit leads.

Think of it like this. If I was to give someone an apple they can eat the apple and enjoy it for a day. However, if I gave an apple to someone they can also eat and take the seed from the core to grow more. A lot of people just throw away the core with the seed and don’t see its value. However, some will see the value of the seed in the core. They will take the apple seed from the core and sow it to grow more apple trees. In due time they will be able to harvest more apples. They now have a continual source of apples so long as they maintain the trees. The trees need water and sunlight to grow etc. Some for them and plenty of extra for others! This process could be repeated over and over but some people won’t partake because it requires a faithful type of steward lifestyle. Some rather just eat the apple and throw away the seed/core which was also given to them. Why cause the flesh doesn’t like the things of the Spirit.

God will supply your needs in such a way that you’re able to be a blessing to others by His grace and goodness!

Now the scripture here talks about the believer sowing or giving to the other members of Christ. The person decides the amount in their heart to give. This is between the person and God. The person should not give grudgingly. In other words, the person doesn’t give from a place of sorrow, pain, grief, or of necessity. They give with a cheerful heart according to the Word of God!

Some might say well I don’t have anything I can give at all. My question to that person is what do they consider a necessity is? Their necessities might not line up with what God calls a necessity. Are their necessities in the Spirit or the carnal flesh? Is everything going to food, water for them and the family cause people need to eat. God said man won’t live by bread alone. Maybe the place they live, is it overpriced and a luxury? Is the car they drive the newest model and all their finances are paying the bill? Maybe they have a bunch of subscriptions for the internet, tv series, etc. The point is what is a necessity to living in the Spirit while in earth and what is a necessity to living in the flesh carnally? God will supply all your needs but God does not sow to the carnal flesh, Jesus came to destroy the old man and way of living.

Take some time to examine your true needs according to the Word of God. Let the Bible discern those needs.

I’m not saying people can’t live in a nice place or have nice things. What I’m saying is where is all their giving going to? To carnal natural things of this world that the flesh wants? If that’s where all their sowing is going then they are missing the point. They won’t be able to cheerfully give cause they don’t have anything left to give cheerfully. The scripture says we are to put God and seek His kingdom first. He wants to teach us to be good stewards and blessings to others. God wants us to be able to help the body of Christ and sow into them as well. God even wants us to be able to sow into the poor and to people that don’t know Him just yet etc!

  • Proverbs 19:17 (KJV)  He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
  • Proverbs 22:9 (KJV)  He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
  • Proverbs 28:8 (KJV)  He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
  • Psalms 112:9 (KJV)  He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
  • Ephesians 4:28 (KJV)  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
  • Philippians 4:15 (KJV)  Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
  • Galatians 6:6-10 (KJV)  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
  • Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The point is if everything which has been given to a person by God is only for them selfishly. If none is going to the poor, to bless others, or ESPECIALLY to the body of Christ which is the household of faith, then they are missing the point. This reveals where their heart and treasure is, God or mammon. Thank God for the Holy Spirit teaching us so we can grow in knowledge and understanding in this area of our walk with Christ!

2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (KJV)  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)  11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.  12  For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;  13  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;  14  And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.  15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Now notice God who provides the seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply their seed sown for sowing! Notice it also states and increase the fruits of your righteousness, NOT unrighteousness. This person will be enriched in every way so that they may be generous! This type of generosity is producing thanksgiving to God! This type of service or offering is not only for the saints aka God’s people but is overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God!

Thank God for His word discerning giving and sowing. This means that this type of person can stand on The Word and trust God. However, the person who receives a seed and holds it only for themself. In other words, if they take their seed given to them and only sow for themself selfishly, then they can’t stand according to the Word of God. They can’t stand and trust God in this regard to what we just looked at before in scripture. Remember that type of living will result in a loss just like the parable with the Father and son. The Father gave the son a seed and the son selfishly sowed that seed to his flesh in riotous living. (See Luke 15:11-17)

Whenever a person is sowing, giving or doing good deeds they need to make sure to not be like the hypocrites. The intent is to give cheerfully and not to be seen by others. The Pharisees loved to give but they also loved to be seen while giving. They enjoyed the praise of man more than the praise of God. This giving was focused on their selfish motives and not on God’s selfless love.

  • Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  2  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  3  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

This means we give cheerfully but our joy is in blessing the other person and being seen by God alone. We don’t necessarily want to be seen by people cause that’s not our intent. That’s a pure motive in giving. Let’s look at another portion of scripture. I want to point out that Paul is talking to babes in Christ. He is talking here in terms of giving to those in ministry who is sowing Spiritual things.

  • 1 Corinthians 3:1 (KJV)  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:11-19 (KJV)  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  12  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  13  Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  14  Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.  15  But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.  16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!  17  For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.  18  What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.  19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

Paul is trying to explain to these babes in Christ about giving to those who are ordained by God. To those who are preaching the gospel and feeding the sheep spiritual food of God. They are entitled to receive something from the sheep. However, Paul knows if he was to ask them for an offering while giving this message, they might get the wrong idea. The flesh would try to speak up and say something along the lines of, “He just wants your money, this isn’t God” or something like that. These babes in Christ were living carnally and the carnal mind is at enmity towards the things of God. So Paul had to speak to them as immature Christians in a carnal sense.

  • 1 Corinthians 3:1 (KJV)  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
  • Romans 8:6-8 (KJV)  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

So Paul teaching them about giving, then lets them know he is not taking an offering from them at this time. Paul’s heart was in giving them a spiritual truth cheerfully so they can reap spiritual things. He had to talk to them in a carnal/earthly fashion with the hope that they understand. Since Paul didn’t receive an offering from these babes in Christ, they were now set with an opportunity to give to the next believer God would use to sow spiritual things to them. This spiritual action by Paul warred against the voice of the flesh. Paul knew the flesh would try to steal and rob from the babes in Christ. Again The flesh would of spoken and said something like, “Paul just wants to receive your hard earn money or things so that he can sit back and not do anything, etc.” Although Paul was doing the very thing God told him to! The babes in Christ were the ones who were being selfish and not listening to The Word of God because they were listening to the carnal mind.

Just like how people work in various industries or careers today in the world. They expect a wage in return. Well the preachers and teachers of the Spiritual things of God should also receive a wage from the people of God since they are sowing and giving to them Spiritual things. The children of God should be more than happy to sow some carnal/earthly things to these preachers and teachers! Satan doesn’t want that because that type of giving helps to expand the kingdom of God on earth and not the kingdom of darkness.

Even Jesus received wages and things from those who gave to him. Some rich and some poor. Jesus sowed and gave them the truth about life, spiritual things, and the kingdom of God. He taught and preached the truth about God/Himself.

  • Mark 12:41-44 (KJV)  And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  42  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  43  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  44  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
  • Luke 8:1-3 (KJV)  And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,  2  And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,  3  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Jesus received the money etc from those that listened to Him. These heard the voice of God and wanted to give cheerfully. The rich gave Him large sums of money. Some partnered with him and would continually give to him. Then some gave small amounts which seemed small to man but was big to God. The natural amount which was given to him isn’t the point. The rich gave from their excess cheerfully and God accepted it. One poor widow gave all she had which was a small amount and God accepted it. She did what most people can’t  and won’t do however! God made a special note in scripture about this type of giving! She was able to give God all she had, even from her necessity, and she gave it cheerfully, not grudgingly! Jesus recognized this and taught the disciples that is how you give. That is so amazing! That woman heard and trusted God so much that she could give to Him in such a way that a lot of people don’t understand today! She understood the lesson that Christ was trying to teach to many.

In both of these scenarios, I do believe God blessed those who gave a lot from their excess and also the widow who gave a small natural amount but it was all she had. God said she gave more than the rest, cause God saw the intent/motive of her heart and her circumstance. They both gave cheerfully. Since they obeyed what God said and ministered of their substance I believe God gave them more seed to be able to sow.

What’s also interesting is the disciples gave their lives to following Christ without bringing their own money for the trip. In one place Jesus said bring no money with you as you go. Jesus was trying to teach them to rely on and trust God to provide for them. Later on, Jesus asked them did you lack anything when you were with me? They said they lacked nothing! Jesus was showing the disciples how to trust Him while in earth. He was showing them that God will provide for you and you will have enough to give and help others as well.

  • Luke 22:35-36 (KJV)  And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.  36  Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

In a nutshell, Jesus taught and gave to the disciples aka the sheep and others they encountered. The disciples also saw how the sheep would give to Jesus as well. Jesus would take what was given and be a blessing to the disciples, the poor, and others. So the one preaching the gospel gives cheerfully. The sheep being fed also give cheerfully. Let each person decide in their own heart how they can give cheerfully cause God is the one that sees and knows the intent of their giving.

Testimony Of Giving Cheerfully

One day Holy Spirit asked me what can I give cheerfully to the church (Where the body of Christ gathered) that I was at. I basically was broke at the time but immediately I came up with a number that I could give and not have a grudge over. To help paint a picture I couldn’t get a job at the time because of my past record! (Check Out My Testimony On The Homepage/YouTube) No one would hire me! Starbucks almost hired me until they did a background check and had to decline basically saying that I wasn’t a good fit at the time because of my past.

That being said I also knew that the scripture talks about not doing good deeds/giving before men. So when I gave it was with the intent of giving to God. I didn’t go around talking about it or bragging that I gave to the church. I also didn’t care exactly how the church used the money. I was giving to them with no strings attached from me but ultimately it was me giving to God. I was content with God seeing me give. I was giving to God and God knew I was giving to help them out of love.

Not too long after I gave, I got a call from someone I grew up with offering me a job at a law office. So I went in for the interview and got the job! Get this, they didn’t do a background check either. I was so excited and blessed that God opened this door for me!

Now I had a steady stream of income in which I could sow more seed and give! I began taking a portion of what I made and gave that cheerfully. I repeat, I was giving with a cheerful heart! So I started there and began giving consistently. If a person doesn’t give cheerfully when they have a little then what makes that person think they will give when they have a lot? The carnal mind. If you won’t be faithful with a little, you won’t be faithful with a lot.

As time went on other opportunities arose. They were like stepping stones in which I could grow in truth. One of those changes approximately tripled what I previously made at the job before that. God’s goodness began to shift my thinking even more about giving cheerfully as a lifestyle.

  • Romans 2:4 (KJV)  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

I was blessed even more by God now in this area of my walk with Christ! He multiplied the seed sown and now I could give and help even more because of Jesus!

I want to note that as God gave me seed He was expecting for me to sow. He was teaching me to steward what He had giving me. Think of it like this if I was given a seed, but I put that seed in my pocket and forgot about it would a plant grow? No. When God gives a seed He is expecting you to plant the seed in the garden and maintain it by His leading. For example that seed needs water daily and sunlight daily. If weeds begin to grow then its time to get the hands dirty to pull some weeds etc.

While I was sowing seeds there were also times where I had to trust and believe God. I did have to go learn some things in order to grow and steward certain job roles. I had to go apply for jobs at certain points. Storms also came during certain seasons as well. It’s during those times you stand on what is written in the Word of God.

For example during one season the IRS came to me saying I owed thousands of dollars. When you sow there will be seasons where storms try to come but remember, Jesus is with you in the storm. As far as I understood the Holy Spirit had been leading me and guiding me up to this point in sowing, tithing, giving, etc. Holy Spirit also was teaching me other things as well. So Holy Spirit guided me and helped me through the storm.

In the first letter I got from the IRS I ended up talking with God according to His Word. I didn’t do anything wrong that I was aware of. The IRS gave me some options to pay them. I could pay the lump sum off, get on a payment plan, or go dispute it in court. I knew there was power in words. Life and death is in the power of the tongue. So I spoke out loud and said, God either the IRS will owe me money back or I will owe nothing. Then I selected the option to go to court. Immediately thoughts popped in my head that sounded like me but weren’t my thoughts. Saying stuff like, “That was dumb I should have got on the payment plan, etc.” I Ignored it, trusted God and what The Word said.

Some time after the IRS sent another letter getting more stern with an opportunity to pay the lump sum or get on a payment plan. They noted if I took this to court I could end up paying even more money cause of taxes etc. I basically did the same thing as before and selected go to court and spoke out loud according to the Word of God. They will either pay me or I will owe nothing. The old carnal man’s thoughts tried to speak again saying, “I’m so dumb I should have got on the payment plan! I could have afforded that at least, etc now I’m going to owe more money.” The feeling that came was horrible. However, those thoughts and feelings I ignored. I went on my day trusting The Word and ended up speaking The Word out loud.

The IRS then sent another stern letter giving me the option to pay again. They also noted I could now possibly have to pay or owe more cause taxes etc. Repeated the same thing again. However, after that letter the very next day I got a letter from the IRS saying case closed I now owe nothing! Praise God!

I share that story with you because I know when you begin to live a lifestyle of giving the Devil will get upset, but we don’t fear him! Satan is no match for God and remember the Holy Ghost is inside the believer! When you begin giving and sowing to others, storms will come. However, dont be fooled cause Jesus is right there in the storm with yah! God will bless you and want’s you to bless others! All while sharing the good news about Jesus Christ! Remember, God is greater than the storm! The kingdom of God will begin to expand and manifest more as you share the kingdom with others.

Bible Scripture Reference

  • God Loves A Cheerful Giver | Giving With The Right Heart Motive
    • 2 Corinthians 9:7
    • Matthew 6:1-4
    • Discerning The Intent Of The Heart When Giving Cheerfully
      • Hebrews 4:12
    • A Lifestyle Of Giving Cheerfully Vs A Lifestyle Of Giving Carnally
      • 1 Timothy 6:10
      • Luke 16:10-13
      • Romans 8:6-8
      • Luke 15:11-14
      • Luke 15:14-17
      • John 10:10
      • Luke 15:21-24
      • Matthew 6:1-4
      • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
      • Proverbs 28:7
      • 2 Corinthians 5:16
      • Proverbs 21:14
    • Giving Cheerfully To The Poor, The Body Of Christ, And Others!
      • 2 Corinthians 9:1-5
      • 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
      • Proverbs 19:17
      • Proverbs 22:9
      • Proverbs 28:8
      • Psalms 112:9
      • Ephesians 4:28
      • Philippians 4:15
      • Galatians 6:6-10
      • Matthew 6:19-21
      • 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
      • Luke 15:11-17
      • Matthew 6:1-4
      • 1 Corinthians 3:1
      • 1 Corinthians 9:11-19
      • 1 Corinthians 3:1
      • Romans 8:6-8
      • Mark 12:41-44
      • Luke 8:1-3
      • Luke 22:35-36
    • Testimony Of Giving Cheerfully
      • Romans 2:4

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