November 1, 2023

Joel Hernandez
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:6-8

These words remind me that my giving should not be driven by obligation or guilt but should flow from the joy and gratitude in my heart. When I give cheerfully, I experience God’s blessing, not only in terms of material provision but also in the deepening of my faith and reliance on Him.

An important piece to remember when looking at giving cheerfully and openly is that we can only give what we have first received. God is who has given us our time, our talents, our treasures. These aren’t things we have built or earned in our own strength: God empowers us to do what He has called us to and provides us with the means to do so financially, spiritually, and physically. When we reflect on all that God has given us, we can cheerfully and openly give of ourselves in obedience and in response to the generosity we have been shown through Jesus.

So, I encourage you to reflect on these verses personally. Are you giving with a cheerful heart and a spirit of gratitude? When we embrace this mindset, our lives become a testament to the principle of sowing generously and reaping abundantly. The more we give from a place of joy and love, the more we receive in return, not only in material blessings but in the richness of our souls and the lives we touch.