When we say, “Thank you” to people, they usually make some response. If God did that, what would He say? Some today say, “No problem,” which sounds as if they would not have done it if the gesture had been a problem. Of course, it is no problem to God, but that seems a bit casual and off-putting. We say, “You’re welcome,” which means you are under no obligation, but we always are under obligations while God never is. In Spanish, De nada means “It’s nothing.”

God’s gifts are never nothing and never to be taken lightly. In Greek, Para Kalo means “With pleasure.” In Romanian, Cumple Cherie means “With pleasure.” God might say that. If God loves a cheerful giver, then we must assume He Himself is a cheerful Giver. The Hungarians have the best response: Szeveshan, which means “From the heart.” God never gives grudgingly. It is always from His heart.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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