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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 7— Cheerful Liberality in the Closing Work

In the last extremity, before this work shall close, thousands will be cheerfully laid upon the altar. Men and women will feel it a blessed privilege to share in the work of preparing souls to stand in the great day of God, and they will give hundreds as readily as dollars are given now. {CS 40.2}

If the love of Christ were burning in the hearts of His professed people, we would see the same spirit manifested today. Did they but realize how near is the end of all work for the salvation of souls, they would sacrifice their possessions as freely as did the members of the early church. They would work for the advancement of God’s cause as earnestly as worldly men labor to acquire riches. Tact and skill would be exercised, and earnest and unselfish labor put forth to acquire means, not to hoard, but to pour into the treasury of the Lord. {CS 40.3}

Yes, God loves a cheerful giver. By the grace of God, we are urged to acquire means, not to hoard, but to pour into God’s treasury. We are certainly living in the last days, whereby there is more urgency to replenish God’s treasury for the closing work at hand. This work will not only be a blessing unto perishing souls, but also a blessing for the giver and the worker. This spirit of giving is required as much today as it was in the early church. This sacrifice is a privilege in preparing lost souls for the coming great day of the Lord. Who shall be able to stand?

Our kind and gracious Father,

We thank You for giving us the privilege of carrying out the work of salvation. It is only by Your grace that we are able to acquire means, not to hoard, but to put to replenish Your treasury for the work at hand. We pray that You will bless our means shared in the work of preparing souls to stand in Your great day to come. We pray that we may feel the burning desire in our hearts for the salvation of these souls. Help us to continue in the work and may we be among the saved and not the lost. This we pray, in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

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