Making Financial Commitments

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Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Is it right to make financial commitments or pledges? My wife and I sponsor children in poverty. We give regularly to the Lord through the church. We don’t feel compulsion about it, but rather we feel like we are in partnership with God. Paul was about to visit the Corinthian church who had promised a financial gift in support of the saints (perhaps in Jerusalem or other areas of persecution and need). He instructed them to get ready so that they would be part of this great blessing, just like the Macedonian believers who were inspired by the Corinthian commitment. The key is to make commitments based on prayer without human manipulation. In doing so, we will be made cheerful by God. He loves to do that. Want to know a cool and freeing truth: I can only give away what God has first given me. In that statement is a lot of freedom!

What financial commitments do I have right now? What can I give away next?

Lord, You have been so generous with us. Oh, thank you for the opportunities to share and give toward things that matter within Your kingdom. I pray for even greater opportunities. Now as this day begins, move in me and direct my steps and efforts.

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