Enter into His Tithe and Offerings with a Cheerful HeartIt will change your life…and someone else’s. Give
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Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” [As you do this] God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
~2 Corinthians. 9:6-8.
The Lord’s says the tithe amount is not variable—tithe means 10%—nor is it optional, and all of it is to be given to your local church so that it has all the resources it needs to be everything God has called it to be. (See Malachi 3:8-12.) In essence, the tithe allows God to manifest Himself to the world though His local body in a communal way that cannot happen individually.
Research shows that U.S. churchgoers give approximately 1.7%. Even in a very good church like Lake Samm giving is less than 3%. What could God do through us if we had the full 10%? Lake Samm already makes an enormous difference in our community, but what could we do if we tripled that?! Certainly those who don’t know the Lord would see His heart and love in glorious action!
Some say the tithe is an Old Testament concept but the spirit of the tithe survives. Tithing is a primary way God can touch His world through His body the church!
Plus, faithfully tithing continually reminds us that God gave us everything we have. It is a way of saying thank you to our incredible Lord from a heart of love and joyful obedience.
The offering is completely different from the tithe because it is under our control. It is our personal response to the Holy Spirit’s leading as He opens our hearts and minds to all sorts of wonderful opportunities.
Do you want to support a missionary in the part of the world that God has laid on your heart? Perhaps you are moved to help reach children in our neighborhood through Jubilee Reach and/or Youth for Christ? Maybe you want to support those who bring clean water to those who so desperately need it? Perhaps you have a passion to stop human trafficking?
Whatever it is, whoever it is, wherever it is, pour out your resources as your heart desires. Lake Samm has many wonderful Offering opportunities, but so do other ministries. Give whatever seems right to wherever you feel led, it is your choice, your passion.