2 Corinthians 9:7 – “God loves a cheerful giver.”
Paul the apostle was supported by the churches in Macedonia. They offered generously, though they were poor for the service of their fellow believers (2 Cor. 8:4). God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). He expects us to give ungrudgingly and wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return. Prov. 22:9 says, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” God advised the Israelites to have consideration for the poor and to open up their hand and lend them sufficiently (Deut. 15:7-8). The Bible says that if we are helping the poor we are lending to God (Prov. 19:17).
At the temple, the widow offered two copper coins, which was all that she had (Luke 21:1-4). Jesus knew her heart. She offered everything she had to God. Abraham offered one tenth of his possessions to Melchizedek, the king of Salem (Gen. 14:20). God blessed Abraham richly with material possessions, much more than he could imagine (Gen. 13:2). God blesses everyone who is willing to cheerfully give tithes and offerings for spreading of the gospel.
Jesus asked His followers not to lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but to lay up for themselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matt. 6:19-20). Are we investing our treasures in heaven by helping the poor and supporting God’s work? And are we doing that cheerfully?