Monday: August 10, 2020
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.
Very often, we can gauge if an individual is actively engaged with a dialogue by reading their body language: eye contact, responses and even posture. The quality of the interaction will be influenced, to a large degree, by the extent of this engagement and it is almost tangible. So in plain terms, when someone is not listening to you, you know it.
Whenever “giving” has been highlighted, our minds are almost always drawn to something material: ‘money, food, gifts etc. The core definition of our giving has therefore been closely tied with tactility. However, when I read the text today, my mind was cast to a different kind of giving, the kind that does not have a material dimension.
Think about time, love, trust obedience, or commitment- these are intangible things but they can be given in the same way as material things. Thus, if we considered today’s text in this same light, our key considerations would be ponder on how much and to what extent we offer these: whether back to God or in service of neighbour.
We consider these because just as there are perceivable signs to inattention, when love, obedience, trust and committment are present only in part, there is evidence. However, when the same are present and given fully, it is noticeable. Sweetheart, giving becomes a real force for good only when it is done without compulsion or force.