Her mom made her spend $2 on her grandfather’s birthday gift when she was a child.
When she grew up, her grandfather gave her a substantial inheritance, but each year she continued to buy him a $2 gift.
Sounds ungrateful and childish, but I wonder if it isn't how we sometimes treat God. Statistics show that Christians rarely give even 10% of their incomes to God.
And ten percent is far too little for most of us.
Christ paid a price for us that we can never repay (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:17-19). New Testament giving is an act of gratefulness, not a legalistic command.
We need to drop the words tithe and 10% when it comes to giving and use New Testament words for giving:
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
Copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
What do you think…is 10% too much, too little or just the right amount to give? Leave a comment and let me know!