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Some Questions to ask about “Giving”!
"Why should I give"? ...and if I do "What Amount"?
The basic goal is to handle our "stuff" in a God-centered way. You might have heard the term "Tithing"... well that is not the goal! Giving 10% of earnings (tithing) is a fine approach that someone might take in handling their resources… but it doesn't address the motivation inside of a believer of "why" to give. Generosity and joy are the why!
So, what is your motivation to give? The first step is to recognize that all we have is from God. It's been handed to me to use wisely. Shoud I use it all on myself? Now… we can ask ourselves some probing questions concerning generosity, how much, finding joy, and living God-centered.
Now.. ask yourself some of these questions below… concerning the "why" and "what" of stewardship.
- Does “giving” a tithe feel like some sort of a membership fee to deal with and then all will be well with God? - Does God have a shortage of stuff and needs you to help Him out? - Does “giving” actually bring you joy?
* We are encouraged to "give" as a wise way of handling God's stuff that He lends us to use! SO... what amount do I give to church?
Churches function on the combined blessings of their members. These “offerings” are a reflection of the individuals making a connection to the “stuff” they have… as a blessing from God… and thus something to be used for His Kingdom. SO… the question to really ask is not “How much should I give”? It really is “How much do I need to keep for myself”?
Everything that we have belongs to God (1 Chron 29:10-15). Even when we earn something with our own hard work, we are really using the skills God gave us to use (Psalm 144:1). (Maybe ask…why did He bless you with these?) If God gives us time, treasures, and talents and asks us to be stewards of these… then the question “How much do I need to keep” seems very appropriate.