Giving Generously and Cheerfully

Steve Petroelje

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity. (v. 11)

The biggest weekend in the Christmas shopping season is approaching. In the days ahead, many will awaken early and shop extensively. Lists will be made, deals will be sought, and lots of money will be spent.

What if this year you gave to others besides your family and close friends? What if, instead of buying so many toys and electronics, you and your family provided food for someone who is homeless? Or gave some cash anonymously to someone who is dealing with unemployment or struggling to make ends meet.

If Christmas is truly about God’s gift to us in Christ Jesus, then reflecting the heart of God would lead to giving generously to others. Think about some ways you could bless a family in need or help out an organization that ministers to the poor. Your giving this Christmas could mean less for your family, but more for others. What an opportunity to counteract the materialism we all complain about. God promises that you will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.

PRAYER

God of grace, may others see your gracious generosity reflected in me in the weeks ahead. Amen.