The average American gives $150/month to charitable causes. That equates to 3% of their take home pay. If the Christians earning this same total income were to actually tithe, giving would increase to $575/month.
When it comes to giving a number of verses are very motivating for me: One is Proverbs 3:9. In the New Living Translation it says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.”Another is 2 Corinthians 9:6: “Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously”
Imagine that you are tending to a garden. The Lord should be given the first and best of our crop to show our gratitude; for apart from Him, nothing can grow. Everything we have, He has provided. It is His proper right to be first and to be honored.
Also, this garden is provision for my needs as well so I must sow generously if I expect to reap generously. That means I take good care of the garden so it produces an abundance to supply what I need and for many others. If you have any experience at all with a garden, you know that a small plot can produce far more than what we can eat ourselves. This gives us the joy of sharing and demonstrating love in action to our neighbors.
Ask the Lord to give you a generous heart and put a plan in place to increase your giving to your church and works of the Lord that you care about. Increasing your generosity will be the best financial decision you have ever made.
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