Giving money to God
How should Christians use their money?
Money is, and always has been a sensitive issue for Christians throughout the ages. Money was the topic that Jesus spoke most against during his ministry on earth, and for good reason. Money was the god of his day, much as it is the god of today! Most of us love money - we love the power it gives us. It can be where we find our security. As it is often said, the last part of a Christian to be converted is their wallet.
As you prepare for the new year, consider how you can use what you have to serve God. These questions might help you:
Why should I give?
Christians are often encouraged to give money to their churches, to further the ministry of the church. This is a very good thing to do! Money is not evil, but money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), in that people love money so much, they do evil things to get it. But giving money away helps us further God’s kingdom and protect ourselves from greed.
All things come from God (Acts 17:25). Therefore, everything we have should be used in thankfulness, to make his name great. And so knowing this how much should a Christian give.
How much should I give?
In the Old Testament law, God required the Israelites to give ten percent of all they had. This is called “tithing” (Leviticus 27:30). As a Christian that part of the law is no longer binding, and therefore Christians do not have to tithe (Romans 3:21). So, there is no set amount or percentage that a Christian has to give.
When Jesus was on earth, he went to the temple and saw a poor widow who had nothing but two copper pieces. She gave all she had (Luke 21:1-3). Though it was the least amount given by anyone that day, Jesus said her amount most pleased God. The reason that it was the most pleasing to God is what her giving said about her heart. She trusted God so much that she gave all she had, knowing that God is really the one to supply all her needs.
The truth is no one can tell you exactly how much to give, because giving is a matter of the heart. A tithe or 10% can be a good guide, but it’s not a rule. But when you give, plan it. Think about how much you want to give, and then give it. No matter how much you give, do it joyfully from the heart. And remember what Jesus told us about giving - do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3). Give discreetly, not expecting praise from anyone. This generous attitude is what pleases God!
This article was based on a Q&A from christianity.net.au