Our human nature guides us to selfishness, especially when we judge that we have little to sustain us or to help others. But should we not kill and ignore our flesh and take our example and instructions from our Heavenly Father who “giveth liberally” and instructs us to give bountifully and cheerfully? “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which giveth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (II Corinthians 9:6)

No Time To Be Stingy

God is a generous God, and His children should never be stingy. He loves a cheerful giver and “the liberal soul shall be made fat” (i.e. prosperous).

Mary used expensive ointment when she anointed Jesus. It was not some “I-got-this-at-a-cheap-price-and-I-can-afford-to-let-this-go” ointment. It was Judas, who pilfered the treasury, that grumbled about Mary’s generosity and how it was a waste, not our Lord. No, God does not smile upon extravagance, but He does reward the bountiful sower. His servants are worthy of their hire, and the Apostle Paul, though he sought nothing for himself, ever exhorted God’s people to be biblical in their giving.

No Time To Be Stingy

When Christians turn into tightwads and try to do God’s work as cheaply as possible, they get cheap results. God will not honor a stingy testimony. Any church or individual Christian who puts on how great and wonderful and giving their God is while building with cheap bargain-building materials, will only cheat themselves and not like the results.

God’s work is in no danger of bankruptcy when His people are abundant and cheerful in their giving and hospitable to His servants.

No Time To Be Stingy