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Asking Yourself Questions about “Giving”!
"Why should I give"? ...and if I do "What Amount"?
Tithing is not the goal! Living joyfully and God-centered is! Maybe you’ve heard that “tithing” 10% to church is the goal of handling your stuff. Well, that’s an okay "approach" for someone… but it is not the motivation inside of a believer to "give".
So, what is your motivation to give? T
The basic foundation... is to look at all we have and recognize that it 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, joy, giving, and living God-centered.
Now.. ask yourself some questions… 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” 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 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.