2 Corinthians 7,8,9,10
"Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others." (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, tests the people in their giving. We all know that we are supposed to give a tenth, or a tithe, of our income back to God as a test of our faithfulness, but there is a second qualification, we are not just to give, but must also give cheerfully, not reluctantly. If we plant seed sparingly, then our harvest will also be spare, but if we plant generously, our harvest will be plentiful. God will provide for us, but we determine the amount of provision. This test will be difficult if we are facing lean times or if we have a lot. If we’re just barely making it, then we will feel it necessary to hold on and protect what we have, conversely, if we are flush and doing well it can be equally as hard to give cheerfully because the amount is bigger.
I know that God provides because He has proven that to me time and time again. I can’t outgive Him; I’ve tested Him and seen Him prove it over and over. Not only should I give cheerfully, but I should also be giving expectantly, knowing, because of my faith, that God will provide abundantly. The tithe is simply my faith in practice. God doesn’t need my money, He wants to know whether I can steward the provision and blessing that He gives me. If I can’t steward it well, then my harvest will be small, but if I prove that I can give generously and cheerfully both to my Heavenly Father and to those in need, then my harvest will be plentiful.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for this lesson and reminder to give back to You with an expectant and cheerful heart. We are only giving back what was Yours to begin with. I love You Lord, please help me to shine Your light here on earth. In Jesus name, Amen