They say “it’s better to give than to receive”. But how do you feel about receiving from a grumpy giver? or maybe…you are that grumpy giver!
In one of Paul’s visits to Corinth, he commended the Macedonian Christians for out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
The Macedonian churches were not rich. In fact, the county was penurious. Paul was even surprised that their generosity surpassed his expectations. They were faithful to the gospel that they were pleading with Paul to take part in the funding of the ministry. They came with eager joy ang gave beyond their ability.
Sometimes, I daydream that I would have the most money in the world and in my head I would allocate money to different churches and ministries. In a perfect world that is wonderful, but we all know that our bank accounts are not as fat as the richest man’s. If we were to wait for our money to grow exponentially before we give, we would be buried 6 feet underground and that would still not be a reality.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
– 2 Corinthians 8:12
What compels you to give generously? In the midst of prosperity gospel and charities to fund this and that, where do you invest your money?
If I have discretionary income, I would try and help save the whales or maybe not. (My opinion, don’t harass me for it). I said maybe not for the very reason that the mission of the gospel is to save souls not animals or trees. We as believers are to be stewards of God’s riches in the first place and if there are charities that aim to improve the environment, go for it. But God’s kingdom is invested in people. Saving lives, saving souls.
Our Heavenly Father looks at the heart when we give. Generosity when your pocket is gonna be empty of a dime is better than a stingy,miserly-given hundreds.