A Guide To Giving

Guide to Giving

 

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“Tithe” comes from the Hebrew word for “tenth” and is the ancient practice of giving to God one-tenth of all one has.  If you are wondering who thought that up, you might be surprised that we have a seldom told but very clear story that might answer that question:  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, the LORD shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one tenth to you.”  Genesis 28:20-22

Tithing has been the norm for giving to God for hundreds of generations.  That doesn’t make it easy.  The average giving percentage in American churches is about 2 percent.  Jumping immediately to 10 percent is beyond the grasp for most of us.  For those looking for a way to work toward it, however, here are three steps to tithing:

Become a First Fruits Giver

Whenever you receive money, give thanks by giving something back to God.  Don’t worry about how much; just do this first, before all of your other spending.

Become a Percentage Giver

Decide what percentage of your income you want to give to God . . . and begin doing it.

Increase As You Are Able

Pray often. Talk it over with God so that God can help you decide when to take risks and when to play it safe.

Our giving helps us worship God more in our lives.  It encourages our spiritual growth and trust in God, strengthens the ministry, outreach, and health of our congregation, and helps continue to mold us into a true Christian community of faith, love and grace.  Our giving also brings God’s wisdom to our finances, exercising a healthy spiritual discipline.