“HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE”? That’s an impossible question to answer since the New Testament refuses to name a minimum. Why not give us an amount? It is probably because God knew about people. People give to the ceiling, not off the floor. If God said to give 10%, that would cap many people’s giving at 10%. Seldom do people give more than the requirement. That’s why the New Testament doesn’t provide an amount. The gift is only an indicator of the heart. A person will not give more than is in his heart. So what is the yard stick for giving? The Bible throws a few “hard ones” at you about giving.

1. How much can I give cheerfully?

2. Does my gift reflect my sense of God’s blessing?

3. When I give, do I give out of a sense of trust in God’s providence?

4. Do I believe it belongs to God or that I share what is mine?

All of these questions make us squirm because they open more than our checkbooks-they open our hearts. Until we expose our hearts, we cannot give acceptably. We would feel more comfortable with an amount, but God doesn’t want us comfortable. God wants us growing. He wants us pushing past our comfort zones and into the realm of spiritual growth. Put the yard stick to your giving. How do you measure up?

Robert Taylor, Via. Smithville, TN Bulletin

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:6-7