When it comes to giving, I think we ought to get good at doing it with a smile.
It’s something I’ve discovered the Bible refers to as “cheerful giving,” and God loves it!
Now before your mind starts drifting to pitches for building funds, and Christian infomercials selling everything from holy water to prayer blankets, let me be clear: I’m not here to talk about money as much as I am ministry. Although, just message me if you’re up for a prayer blanket — supplies are limited.
Truth is, I’m not ignorant to the fact that, for many of us, our propensity could be to think of dollar bills at the first mention of “cheerful giving.”
Nevertheless, I’m convinced: all it means is that when it comes to our giving — be it time, talent, or treasure — it’s not only imperative that we give, but equally important how we give.
In other words, God actually takes pleasure in the way we do the work we do!
Sadly though, I think that many people’s attitude toward giving can often be marked by a “got-to” and not a “get-to.” Meaning that while they may find themselves “willing to help” they are often not really “wanting to help” which results in their service being born out of grudging obligation.
Maybe you’ve come across these types before.
They’re often the ones on team that make it known they’re doing everyone a favor just by turning up. They can often be found walking around like the big bad wolf, huffing and puffing, grudgingly carrying out a task they volunteered themselves for.
Like, what even?!
Why would anyone volunteer themselves if they were never really up for it in the first place?
At any rate, for sake of stating the obvious I think it’s important we set the record straight:
God doesn’t need our help.
I mean, what could we possibly imagine that we could ever do for God that He couldn’t do for Himself?
It’s for this reason I stand convinced that, when it comes to our service, we realize that God doesn’t need us — He wants us!
Jesus once asked Simon Peter to borrow his boat in order to speak to a crowd of people (Luke 5). And while Peter could have believed that Jesus needed his boat, the truth is, we learn just chapters later that Jesus could walk on water.
Jesus didn’t need anybody’s help.
He needed nothing from Peter, He wanted something for Peter — that is, a boat sinking, net-breaking load of fish, and more importantly, a whole new revelation of who He was and wanted to be in Peter’s life.
So I propose to you: what if we’ve come at this ‘serving thing’ all wrong?
What if we recognized that God doesn’t want our charity nor is in need of any favours?
Don’t get me wrong, while His church may be considered a ‘charitable cause,’ let’s not mistake it for a ‘charity case.’
If anything, I’ve come to realize the privilege it is to be asked to play a part in what God is doing across the earth today.
So why not determine to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2)?
Serve gladly, not sadly, madly, or worse yet, badly, but gladly. #BigBadWolf #LetsLoseTheHuffnPuff
‘Cause when it comes to serving Jesus, it ought to be our joy, not our job.