Do you realize what a blessing it is to participate in God’s work through giving?
Giving is not a money issue – it’s a heart issue. In Proverbs 3, we’re told to “Honor the Lord with (our) wealth and with the first fruits of all (our) produce…”
Honoring God is an attitude to motivate us to greater giving – a way of letting go and offering Him control of what He’s provided. It is a tangible way to say, “God, you and your kingdom are my most important financial priority!”
Is the amount we give important? Not to God…but it is to us, because it’s our testimony of trust in God. It demonstrates that we trust Him as our true provider.
Giving is a privilege for God’s people made possible when we apply His financial principles
Yet, according to data gathered by Barna between 2013 and 2016, the average church giving among practicing Christians was between 3-4%. That’s the same percentage that believers gave during the Great Depression!
Imagine with me for a moment if American Christians gave a minimum of 10%. Relevant Magazine calculated there would be an additional $165 billion for our churches to use and distribute for kingdom purposes. $165 billion! 165,000 churches would have a million dollar increase in their budgets!
Part of that money could be allocated to solve global hunger, and stop starvation and death from preventable diseases in five years. Just $12 billion could also eliminate illiteracy in five years.
Another portion could solve the world’s water and sanitation issues in places where 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day. We could fully fund all overseas mission work, and still have about a hundred billion left over for additional ministry expansion.
Proverbs says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So, if you’re looking for ways to be wise with your finances, one of the ways is through tithing.
If you want to learn to give more generously today, or need encouragement with your finances, call the Crown Helpline at 800-722-1976 or visit crown.org.