Planned Percentage and Proportionate Giving
We all know that rewards work. We live in a world where our spending is usually tied to some sort of reward, whether it is free flights, cash back rewards from credit cards, or merchants that have some sort of club or program that after a certain number of purchases offer a perk. But did you know God also prospers those who give cheerfully? He may or may not make you wealthy in terms of worldly goods, but He definitely will bestow his spiritual riches upon you. The Bible says:
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38.
So how do we give cheerfully? The Bible provides us these guidelines as we consider our giving:
Giving should be planned and intentional. In other words, giving to God from the first, not from the leftovers. There are many reasons not to give, such as vehicle repairs, mortgage, etc. However, no matter how rich or poor we may feel, now is the time to be generous. The best way to make giving a priority is to make it the very first check you write each month. The amount you give to God should be at the head of your budget and not an afterthought.
Percentage giving means knowing what your percentage is, instead of just an amount. The bible has a lot to say about the tithe which means tenth. This is a starting place as a guide for giving. Our giving is a journey and should continuously take us down the road of generosity. Only you and God know where that road may lead.
Give in proportion to how God has blessed you. We should give as we are able within our current income and according to what we have. As our financial situation changes through our life we should change our giving percentage along with it. The Lord never asks us to give what we do not have or contribute beyond our means.
None of this is written with the intention to imply guilt. The point is that whatever you give should be given freely and lovingly, not from a place of fear or resentment. What you give is an offering back to God in thanksgiving for the blessings you have received from Him.
Thank you for your financial support of Zion.