October 24, 2017

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) — 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

How many times have you heard a parent tell a child, “Tell your sister you are sorry for hitting her or you are going to get a spanking.” Of course the little guy doesn’t want a spanking so he says, “I’m sorry.” We all know that the ‘sorry’ came from his mind and not his heart. His mind was sorry but his heart wasn’t. He was responding to pressure. He wasn’t responding in love towards his sister or his parents.

It is like the little guy who was told to go sit in the corner as a punishment for something he did that he shouldn’t have done. He isn’t happy about sitting in the corner so he says, “I might be sitting on the outside but in the inside I’m standing.” The mind was sitting but the heart was standing.

Paul says that the decision to give must come from your heart. Would it mean much to the Lord if you gave in your mind but in your heart you were keeping? Would that be honoring to the Lord? Would he be thrilled because of your generosity? Would you be acknowledging his Lordship with that kind of attitude. Would he be inclined to say, “Well done good and faithful servant”? Would that attitude show that you really loved the Lord and were grateful for all that he has done for you? Would it show a loving, generous obedient heart?

The Lord sent Samuel to Jesse’s home to anoint on of Jesse’s sons as the next king of Israel to replace King Saul. He told Samuel that he would tell him which of the sons to anoint. So Samuel arrives at Jesse’s home and Jesse has each of his sons stand before Samuel but the Lord rejected them all. Then Samuel asked if he had another son and they went and got David. God told Samuel to anoint him. But listen to what God said to Samuel as he stood before each of the other sons:

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) — 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Apparently when the Lord looked at each of David’s brothers he didn’t see loving obedience in their hearts. I get that impression from what the Lord said later on when he rejected King Saul.

Acts 13:22 (NLT) — 22 But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

The Lord always looks at the heart of a person. David had a heart that beat like God’s heart > loving, generous and obedient. If there is no giving in the heart it is like there is no giving at all. So if there is no giving there is no blessing. Ponder that sentence.

Are you a person after God’s own heart? Is what’s on God’s heart on your heart? Ask the Holy Spirit to create in you a heart after God’s own heart. And then believe that you have it and begin to cheerfully give:)

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