While giving and tithing can be a touchy topic among church-goers, it is important to discuss good giving habits for people who think of themselves as serious followers of God. We would encourage you to discuss this with your small group or a mentor, as giving is a very personal topic between you and God, but can often be confusing. Having someone else to discuss it with can bring clarity and allow for better understanding. If you do consider yourself a Christian, we have 3 ways that you should think about giving.
#1 Giving should be regular
There are many times that we feel compelled to give for certain occasions or events at our church, or even to missionaries that come and speak to the congregation. And those are great times to give! However, if you consider yourself a Christian, giving should be regular. Whether that’s monthly, bi-weekly, or every Sunday, coming up with a schedule that works for you and sticking to it is a great way to worship God with your giving.
#2 Giving should be proportionate
This means that what you give should be proportionate to what you make. To explain, someone who makes more money should be giving more money, but someone who makes less should give less. While everyone should give what they can, the gift of giving is the best for wealthy people to have. This sounds harsh, but if you have more money, you are generally able to give a lot more to the kingdom of God without it affecting you as much. The question that often comes up is, “What proportion?” If giving is tough for you, start with just 1%. Then try to progress to 2%, and then try to work up to 10%. If you decide you can give more, that’s great! The amount is between you and God.
2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
If you are a follower but not so good at giving, even if you serve with your time and energy, your challenge is to be good at giving by giving to qualified, Godly ministries.
#3 Your giving should be sacrificial
This means your giving should occasionally “hurt.” There should be times where you have to give something up, whether that’s Starbucks, a new car, or any other material item. It should be real sacrifice, and what that looks like should be between you and God. If you have kids, this is a great opportunity to show your kids that you value God more than your material possessions. Jesus said that your treasure is where your heart lies, which essentially means that where your treasure is spent is what you’re in love with. Giving is an amazing opportunity to teach you and your kids to fall in love with the Kingdom of God.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How hard is financial giving as a discipline for you?
- Why is regular giving better than sporadic giving?
- Read 2 Corinthians 8:7. How can you grow in the “act of giving”?
- What might it look like in your life to give sacrificially?
- How will adjust your giving after watching this video?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.