Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Such a rebellious soul, I was. When the pastor said, “Raise your hands in praise,” I would purposely leave my hands at my side. I wasn’t about to lift my hands because someone told me to. “Please turn in your pledge cards as soon as possible so the church leaders can budget for the coming year.” I bristled at the plea. You’re asking me to give under compulsion, I inwardly argued.
My focus was being drawn away from worshiping God with an unbound heart. I allowed man to get in the way of my view of God and it was necessary to remove the obstruction.
Sin was what kept me separated from my Father. Experiencing the freedom Jesus purchased for me on the cross restored my sight and lifted my heart and hands to praise Him.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
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