There are somethings we know we should do but we really struggle to do them. Things like driving the speed limit, eating broccoli, and cutting back on soda. All of these things would benefit us in some way, yet we often make excuses to get out of doing them. Giving is another of those areas we know we should do but we struggle to do it. Our excuses usually sound something like this:
“How do I know they are going to use my money the way I want them to?”
“All this church seems to care about is money.”
“I don’t really understand what the Bible says about tithing so I don’t want to do it wrong.”
“I barely have enough to make ends meet right now, I can’t afford to give.”
We use these excuses to make ourselves feel better about not giving. Rather than continuing to make excuses, here are 3 steps you can take as you think about giving sacrificially:
1. Priority. Money always finds a way to spend itself. You must make giving non-negotiable or you will never have enough left over at the end of the month. When you are creating your budget, first decide what you are going to tithe and then base the rest of your budget around that.
“On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 (ESV)
2. Percentage. Decide on what percentage you want to begin giving and stick with it. Don’t give up when it gets tough to give on a consistent basis. Giving sacrificially implies it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)
3. Progressive. Challenge yourself every year to look at your budget and see if you can increase your giving. You can choose to go up a percentage or stop drinking soda and drive the speed limit and give that extra amount, this would help in more than one way.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
Now is the perfect time to start giving. Don’t wait until everything is perfect or you will be waiting forever. Figure out what you can give for now and do that on a regular basis. It’s also important to find a method that is easy for you to use. TJC offers online giving with recurring payments to help you stay consistent but can be changed at any time.
Don’t forget, “God loves a cheerful giver.” We have all been blessed with many riches and what a great way to be able to give back to the One who gave all.