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Attitude When Giving Toward the Mission

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"Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7

At Hope, we say often that we don't give to a church but through a church as an investment in God's Kingdom activity. This is one of the ways Jesus followers share in the mission. But how we give is just as important, if not more important, than the fact that we give. God doesn't need our wallets. God is more concerned about our hearts as we give. We see this when Paul reminds believers that God loves a cheerful giver. This describes a person who doesn't give because they have to but because they get to. It conveys the idea of giving with a joyful attitude. A person who has been radically changed by the Gospel cannot help but to live generously in light of that Gospel.

What is the attitude of your heart when you give?

Time, Talent, and Treasure

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"Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." - 2 Corinthians 9:6

Interestingly, our world has adopted and often quotes the biblical principle of, "You reap what you sow" (Ps. 126:5; Prov. 22;8). Paul knew this principle as well. Think about it. If a farmer wanted to have a crop, he had to sow as much seed as possible. If he didn't sow a lot of seed, the chances of him getting a full crop were slim. He didn't withhold the seed. He cast out as much as he could. And applied to our lives as Jesus followers, it begs the question, "Are we living generously with our time, talent, and treasure to see God's Kingdom expanded all over the earth?" Put negatively, "Do we shrink back from living generously because we desire our own comfort over God's call to engage in the mission?"

What hinders you personally from living generously with your time, talent, and treasure?

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