How Much Should We Give?
As Christians we are to give out of thanks for all God has given us. How do we decide how much to give? The great Anglican theologian and author C.S. Lewis said this:
“…giving is an essential part of Christian morality…I do not believe one can settle how much one ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc. is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.”
Is your giving to your church and to the diocese sacrificial? What are you willing to give up to make it so? Here’s an exercise you might undertake if you’d like to make a start at sacrificial giving…
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see things you could do without or could do with in a reduced amount.
- Make a list of the things you think you could eliminate or reduce and put an estimated dollar amount to them.
- Identify the things or an amount of money that it would take for you to feel you were really sacrificing.
- Decide on an increase to your tithe based on the resources you have found and what you feel it would take to feel like you were sacrificing to support your church and diocese. Experience the joy of giving for the building of God’s kingdom.
You’ve heard the expression, “You can’t outgive God.” Begin sacrificial giving and see what God does.
Canon Jim Fosdick