How Much of My Treasure Should I Give?
This is a very personal matter and one that we hesitate to address directly. However, the question is often asked of us, so we offer this challenge as a response.
Most people live their lives by the eight-day week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Someday.
Many people plan to do noble things:
Someday become a RE Catechist
Someday visit the sick and homebound
Someday adequately support the church
Good stewards know the truth. The fact is that Someday is not a day in the week, and Someday never comes.
It stands to reason that the bigger the investment, the bigger the opportunity to gain.
Another way to consider the question – You get out of something in proportion to what you put into it. How much do you put in your envelope each Sunday? The dollar amount is not the important part of the answer. How much of YOU do you put in? How much of your gift is a representation of your love and thanksgiving? How much is a sacrifice? Do you give a dollar or two because it’s easy to give? Or, do you give a gift from your heart?
The next question: What do you expect to get in return for what you give? You may think you shouldn’t expect anything; after all, you don’t make deals with God. But can we ignore our Lord’s own words:
“Give and it shall be given unto you.”
If you believe our Lord’s own words, then it would follow that the more you give, the more will be given to you. Try it. See if it’s possible to out-do God in generosity.
We should prayerfully reflect on our weekly giving. One way to determine an appropriate gift is to consider giving the equivalent of one hour’s wage or 1/40th of your weekly income.