Find Joy When You Give

How do you find the cheerfulness God says in the Bible that He loves to see when people give?  Pursue the treasure God wants you to have. Here are some ways you can discover joy when you give:

*  Realize that investing your money in earthly things will provide a limited and temporary payoff at best.  Possessions themselves can’t satisfy you, and often end up possessing you rather than vice versa, because they demand so much time and energy to maintain.

*  Understand that investing your money in eternal ways is guaranteed to pay big dividends, because God has promised to bless gifts faithfully consecrated to Him and use them in ways that bless the givers and others.

*  Acknowledge that it’s God who has given you the ability to earn an income, and that all your money is ultimately His.  Commit to managing that money as effectively as possible, relying on God’s wisdom.

*  Don’t wait until you feel like giving to actually give.  Start giving out of obedience – because you know it’s what God wants you to do and you want to respond faithfully to God.

*  Remember God’s generosity – Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and the many blessings God has poured into your life.  Seek to express your thankfulness to God by giving as an act of worship, and allow His love to flow through you to others as you act in generous ways.

*  Make sure that your expenditures match your values.  If you truly value God’s work on earth, you’ll give financially to support it.

*  Wholeheartedly embrace God’s vision for efforts that you sense Him leading you to support.  When you immerse yourself in God’s plans, you’ll get excited about them, and will want to help bring them to fruition.

*  Get out of debt and avoid future debts so your money isn’t tied up in places God doesn’t want it to be, limiting your ability to serve Him.  Before you buy a particular good or service, ask yourself whether it truly reflects your values, and whether you might do better if you were to spend your money in another way.

*  Talk with others about how God is using your giving to help you grow, and listen to their stories of giving and how they’ve grown as a result.  Together, celebrate God’s work in your lives.

Dr Dale Ackley

Author: A Shepherd's Voice

Dale Ackley is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN.) and works with the pastors in California in the area of Ministerial Care. He has an earned doctorate in Psychology and Counseling and an earned doctorate in Ministry. He married the love of his life in 1967 and has two grown sons and four grandchildren. He and his wife Kathy reside in Fresno, CA.

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