"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us... if your gift is giving, then give generously"
(Romans 12:6, 8)
The gift of giving us the ability to generously contribute material resources and/or money over and above the tithe so that the Body may grow and be strengthened. It is the God-given desire, ability and power, because one has the resources above life's needs, to give freely of one's personal possessions to the needs of God's work or people.
Paul writes to the Corinthian Church and acknowledges their readiness to send a generous gift. He continues to explain that it is God who provides for them to be generous.
"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... Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
(2 Corinthians 9:7,10-11)
We know that we are exercising the gift of giving when we do so willingly, not reluctantly.
As we worship God together, today, let's ask God to increase this gift in us.
Mike and Daphne