So Why Not 3%?

August 19, 2015

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluc­tantly or under com­pul­sion, for God loves a cheer­ful giver. 2 Corinthi­ans 9:7 

 

Low Giv­ing

This past Sun­day the lead­er­ship of The Jour­ney set some­thing before us that they felt was impor­tant for us to know: Our giv­ing has been down sig­nif­i­cantly this year! The good news is that due to a cou­ple good years of giv­ing cou­pled with being fis­cally con­ser­v­a­tive, we have been able to put aside some sav­ings. We’re cur­rently pay­ing all of our bills and have a finan­cial cush­ion that has enabled us to deal with this finan­cially lean sea­son. To bring you up to date since this announce­ment, we had a great offer­ing this past Sun­day. The total was over $28,000, which brought us to being behind bud­get by a lit­tle over $36,000. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness!

 

A Gift In Disguise

This could actu­ally be a really great gift from God because it gives us an open door for a crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion con­cern­ing per­sonal finan­cial stew­ard­ship and gen­eros­ity. We know that The King­dom of God will be sup­plied and that our God is not finan­cially tight but there is an issue of obe­di­ence and bless­ing at stake for each one of us individually!

 

10%???

I hap­pen to know peo­ple first hand who feel like since they can­not give at least 10% of their income they don’t give any­thing at all and I think this really missed the mark set out by God Him­self for New Tes­ta­ment Chris­tian­ity. The idea of a 10% “tithe” comes from Old Tes­ta­ment Judaism where God required each per­son to give in order that an entire nation and all reli­gious activ­i­ties could be financed but if we were to look closer at all of the required giv­ing of the Old Tes­ta­ment Law we would dis­cover that the real per­cent­age was more like 30%.

 

A New Standard

The New Tes­ta­ment con­cept is dif­fer­ent than the Old! New Tes­ta­ment giv­ing is based on what you and God come up with together in your heart… what you can give wor­ship­fully, in faith, and cheer­fully! But why should we let some “Old Tes­ta­ment” stan­dard best us? Why shouldn’t it be our goal to fig­ure out how to get to a place where we can give at least 10% to The King­dom of God? And what bet­ter “King­dom of God” ven­ture is there than where you go to church, where you serve, and are served? I believe that the local church is the hope of the world!!!

 

Why Not Start Somewhere?

If you can’t fig­ure out 10% I would encour­age you to start where you can and be con­sis­tent! God’s New Tes­ta­ment stan­dard makes pro­vi­sion for you to get in the game with 1%, 2%, 5%, or what­ever but start some­where and be faith­ful! Do it cheer­fully! From there you’ll have the joy of watch­ing new man­i­fes­ta­tions of God’s faith­ful­ness in your life!

 

It’s a huge rush to learn to love God and His King­dom in such a tan­gi­ble way! Add to this the joy, con­fi­dence, and pas­sion that comes from obe­di­ence to God who has sup­plied us so richly. Con­sider this part­ing thought from Paul’s let­ter to the Philip­pian Church, which in con­text promises God’s faith­ful­ness in our mate­r­ial needs after we’ve been gen­er­ous in our giv­ing to Him and His Kingdom.

 

Philip­pi­ans 4:19 my God will sup­ply every need of yours accord­ing to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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