BT Daily: Give or Get?

BT Daily: Give or Get?


[Steve Myers] It’s often been said, “There’s
two ways of life, one to get, one to give.” Well, what kind of giver are you? There’s a passage of scripture that probably
comes to mind when we think about giving. It’ s over in Second Corinthians. Second Corinthians 9:7 is kind of a famous
scripture that talks about giving. And when we pay our tithes, we give our offerings,
perhaps we’ve heard this particular passage oftentimes. It says, “So let each one give as he purposes
in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” So I have to ask myself, “Am I really a cheerful
giver?” What does it mean to give cheerfully? I mean, obviously, in this passage, we don’t
give haphazardly. I’ve got to recognize this and purpose in
my heart so that I’m not reluctant, that it’s not something that’s forced out of me. So, in a sense, giving has to be done cheerfully
or we really shouldn’t do it at all. It’s really pointless without that cheerful
aspect. And so, when you think of cheerful, what comes
to mind? Well, the Greek word here is the word hilaros. Hilaros is the Greek word here. And if you looked it up in Vine’s Expository
Dictionary, it says it signifies a readiness of mind and joyousness which is prompt to
do anything, hence cheerful. So you’re ready to give. You’re ready to give. But I think there’s another connection that
really brings out some of the meaning of this word. Does this look familiar at all when you think
of English? Our English word, hilarious, is related to
this Greek word for cheerful. Are you a hilarious giver? When you think of hilarious, I mean, this
is just overwhelmingly fun. This is amusing. This is something that we’re just overcome
with joy. That’s the kind of giver that God wants us
to be, a cheerful giver, one who really enjoys it, can’t wait to give, looking forward to
it with great, great anticipation and great joy. That’s the kind of giver that God really wants
us to be. So I need to be a responsible giver, no doubt
about that, but I need to strive to be the kind of giver where I give out of my heart
and it’s overflowing with the same kind of generosity that God gives to all of us. That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.

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