Have you ever given a gift expecting something in return? Or given a gift reluctantly? I remember one time I was about to give a gift of donuts to some friends and I wasn’t in a good place so instead of giving the donuts I threw them out. (I know you are thinking who would throw out donuts?) You see at that moment I was not giving for the right reason – I was expecting something in return – and sending things weren’t playing out the way I wanted. I childishly got rid of the donuts.
I share this with us because I wonder how often do we do something similar in our faith walk? How often do we give to God for the wrong reason – or worse not give to God at all.
That is why I like the words of Paul as he reminds us that,” 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.” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV)
So I challenge us to portray this type of attitude with others, but more importantly let us do so – as Paul challenges us - in our relationship with God.