A True Heart of Generosity

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

— 2 Corinthians 9:7

An old widow’s gnarled hand reached out and dropped a few coins in to give all she had. Jesus noticed and praised her action. She knew it might mean starving, but she had counted the cost and gave anyway. She put her trust in God, and her story has been shared millions of times in the Gospels.

At this time of year, many people choose to give a little extra to ministries helping those in need. But for some that gift is not a joyful sacrifice. Perhaps it’s given out of abundance or obligation, but it doesn’t reflect the widow’s attitude. The widow gave out of her own need with love for the One she was giving to.

How can we give out of our own need?

If you need a few extra hours each day, you could give your time to shop for a toy to give to a disadvantaged child.

If you’re struggling to find joy in a season of heartache, you could make an effort to bring a smile to someone else’s face.

If money is a little tight, invite someone without a family to share your Christmas meal.

God knows our circumstances and our pain. And He calls us to give with a generous spirit. It may not be financial or even tangible. Your time and your joy may be in short supply. Share them anyway. Give some extra cheer this year, “for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).

Today’s One Thing

Choose one way to give sacrificially this Christmas.

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