By Dr. Joe Betridge
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8
We will celebrate New Consecration Sunday on November 15th. This is our annual occasion for each of us to prayerfully seek to do God’s will in our giving. The amount we give is a personal and prayerful decision between ourselves and the Lord. The how and why of Christian stewardship is to individually obey God with our personal finances. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says: “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
The Bible doesn’t promise to make us rich when we give a proportion of our income to the Lord’s work but Scripture does teach us that when we do give, we will be richly blessed. This is because God loves us and knows when we give a percentage of our income, something good happens to us and to the community of which we are a part. Percentage giving and tithing is good for the giver. We grow spiritually and emotionally when we commit ourselves to proportional giving. We trust in God’s promises concerning this.
Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus… who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
What is Being Asked of Me as I Fill Out My 2015-16 Commitment Card? The amount we give is a personal and prayerful decision between ourselves and the Lord. The how and why of Christian stewardship is to individually obey God with our personal finances. On November 15th we will each place our commitment cards in the basket on the communion table at the end of our worship service. Help us grow in our giving by taking the following steps as you prepare for New Consecration Sunday:
- Determine your current income and at what percentage you gave last year.
- If you already tithe (10%), discern whether you are going to go “Beyond Tithing” or continue to tithe. Fill out your commitment card.
- If you are not yet able to tithe, consider “stepping up” your percentage from your 2014 gift. Trust God and see if you can increase the percentage of your giving this next year.
- Fill out your commitment card.