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
What do we have that God hasn’t given to us? From the things we “own” to our friends and family to our talents and gifts, everything has been provided from God’s hand. Can we really offer anything to Him?
It seems silly to think we can give anything at all to God. But instead of “possessors” we need to think of ourselves as caretakers. All of creation belongs to our Father, and as His family we share in that as well.
Amazingly, as part of this He allows us to make our own decisions about how much we use for ourselves. If we have money, He allows us to decide how much of it we need to live on, and to make choices about how we spend it. In our heart we can determine how it is used.
This applies to our time, our talents, anything at all. How we care for and manage those things should be as someone who is looking out for the interests of another, because they all belong to God and we are acting on His behalf. We are administering what He has supplied. We are stewards, taking care of our Father’s universe.
Can this lead to greed or bad decisions? Of course. We see that (or do that!) all the time. He never forces us to be generous. He doesn’t have a list of rules that we follow in order to be unselfish or charitable. God wants us to learn how to love. And this is because He provides and creates and gives because of His love for us.
Be a steward, be a giver. You are attending to the whole of creation, how can that not make you cheerful!