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A Cheerful Giver

Many people today don’t really know what it means to “sacrifice.” They think they have sacrificed if they put a couple of dollars in the offering plate each week at church, or donated a stained and torn piece of clothing to the “poor.” The dictionary describes sacrifice as: “a loss or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause.” “Real sacrifice” is motivated by love and so the amount we are willing to give up is so much greater when given out of love. Parents who love their children sacrifice their time, not to mention countless hours of lost sleep. We sacrifice our time by helping someone in need. When our hearts are filled to overflowing with God’s love, our desire to sacrifice for others grows - as does our desire to sacrifice our offerings for the Lord’s work! Sacrifice isn’t just giving what you can afford - it’s “giving up something” so you can give more to God! And when you give - do so joyfully. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” And God rewards our faithfulness. In Malachi 3:8-11, God promises, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse . . . test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Wow! What a promise! Put God to the test today and you will find - the more we give - the more God blesses! Text: Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:8-11, Matthew 23:23