The way to follow Jesus is to give and love selflessly as He did. The more we give, the more we get in return. Giving to others does more than meet people’s needs – it leads to many expressions of thanks to God (2 Corinthians 9:12-15). When we give generously with a willing heart, God assures us that he will provide for us as well. Motive matters, and it’s much more meaningful to receive a gift out of love than out of obligation. A cheerful giver touches our heart, and also God’s heart. We give cheerfully because God has given so much to us.
Game Plan: Re-evaluate the way that you give. Sometimes we rush around shopping for Christmas presents, trying to cross everyone’s name off of the list without thinking about why we are giving them a gift in the first place. Remind yourself of the reason why you give, whether buying gifts, volunteering your time, or giving money to the Church.