God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this 10% represented the first or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but gives us at least four beneficial instructions as to how we are to give.
1. Believers should give according to their income.
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 1 Corinthians 16:2
Note that the offering was set aside on the first day of the week. When we are willing to offer the first portion of our wealth back to him, then God knows he has our hearts. He knows—and we also know—that we are submitted completely in trust and obedience to our Lord and Savior.
2. We are blessed when we give.
... remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Acts 20:35
God wants us to give because he knows how blessed we will be as we give generously to him and to others. Giving is a kingdom principle—it brings more blessing to the giver than to the recipient.
3. When we give freely to God, we receive freely from God.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
God promises that we will be blessed over and above what we give and also according to the measure that we use to give. But, if we hold back from giving with a stingy heart, we hinder God from blessing our lives.
4. Believers should seek God and not a legalistic rule about how much to give.
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Giving is meant to be a joyful expression of thanks to God from the heart, not a legalistic obligation.
This summer we have introduced online giving as a way for you to continue to worship by giving even if you are away enjoying leisure activities. You may make one time gifts or scheduled withdrawals through our website www.celebratejesus.org or by our Celebration Community Church App on your smart phones and tablets.
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