first-stepOne of the things a healthy disciple does is model generosity and wise stewardship of the resources God has given him or her. Christians love to argue over tithing. Let’s be honest, tithing was never the goal. In the Old Testament, God’s people gave 20% each year and a third 10% every third year in addition to paying taxes. They also gave many offerings, over and above their regular giving. In the New Testament, Jesus expanded this model of generosity and stewardship with extreme generosity. Think of the widow with two copper coins who gave all she had, Zaccheus, the Macedonians, the little boy who gave his entire lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish and of course Jesus who gave his life.

The truth is most of us want to be generous in giving to God and his Church but have not been taught that growing up. So the willingness to be generous is there but we need help learning how. So rather than preaching at people to give tithes and offerings over and over again with little effect, we take a more holistic and I think wise approach. Start with Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and ALL that is there in.” Once we acknowledge His ownership of all things, we can work towards increasing generosity.

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