Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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 9:6-7 NIV
How much do you give: to your church; to other charitable organizations; or to those in need? Is your giving done out of obligation or in a legalistic fashion? Or do you give because you want to?
All too often, as Christians, our giving is somewhat legalistic; we give a tithe, or some other amount, to our church and feel like we have fulfilled our financial obligation. But I believe this passage teaches us that our giving should be different than that. This passage challenges us to give generously. But we are also to give willingly and cheerfully. Give what you are willing to give; not what you think you have to give.
And please do not be content with just giving to the operating expenses of your church. That is good. But even better is to give to those in need; to those who can do nothing for you in return. Give of your possessions. But also give of your time and talents. Be a generous and cheerful giver. And you will then also reap generously.