It should be this way when it comes to our relationship with God. God has given us so much, and we should desire to reciprocate. God has given us his Son, Jesus Christ, who, though rich, became poor for our sake to secure our redemption on the cross. God has provided abundant mercies, day by day. But sometimes, we forget those mercies and lose sight of the gift of the cross, and we do not long to match God's giving to us by giving back to him. We should. We should look forward to our opportunities to bless the one who has blessed us, to give to the one who has given us so much.
The joy of giving to God is similar to giving to a loved one. We love watching the expressions on the faces of those to whom we have given gifts. Their expressions of joy, surprise, and elation. It brings us joy to know we have brought joy to someone else. When we give to God, cheerfully, joyfully, and willingly, we are bringing him great joy as we demonstrate our love for and faith in the God who has given us so much. We experience the joy the gratitude naturally brings to us and we experience the joy of being free from a desire to cling to our money and be slaves to it. We find joy in the fact that we are partnering in the Gospel and partnering with God's Kingdom work in this world, that our temporal wealth will make an eternal difference.
So let us strive to give what we have set in our hearts to give. Let us give cheerfully and generously. Let us remember all that God has given us, and seek to bless the one who has so graciously blessed us.