“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ESV
There seems to be so much controversy these days about the idea of tithing. Some declare that the tithe is old testament and no longer applies to us today. Others declare that the tithe is an absolute requirement of all God’s people. The one thing that seems to be constant is the finger pointing and righteous indignation that flows from each group. I will not join in the throes of the battle by taking my own legalistic stance, but I will share my own attitude towards giving.
I will start by saying, I do give 10% to God, but it is just my starting point. I have discovered that I find joy and peace in giving into the work of the ministry. For me, 10% is an amount that I give without negotiation, I find it keeps my priorities in line with God’s will and purpose, and I firmly believe that God has blessed my family in ways that far exceed my “investment” in His Kingdom. I also find that 10% is not a giving limit, it is my starting point. I am free to give beyond that to support missions, to give into special opportunities, or to simply be a blessing in situations of need. It has become a heart issue. If I give 10% and beyond, but resent every cent, then my giving is meaningless and I might as well keep it, God is not impressed. Deciding to give a smaller amount because it better fits my budget shows very little faith in God. Giving has to become an issue of the heart, and flow out of my confidence and faith in God. “God loves a cheerful giver.”