One morning, a parishioner of mine in Statesville, North Carolina relayed to me that she had stopped by the local Hardees for a sausage biscuit. She went by the drive-thru window and struck up a conversation with the person handing her the biscuit. The conversation basically centered around the fact that the parishioner was on her way to church. The drive-thru attendant said that she would like to go to church but that she could not give any money. The parishioner told her that she did not have to give and should come to church anyway.
At first glance, that seems like a neat thing to say to anyone who might use such a reason for not attending church. At second glance, I beg to differ. There are times when some folk may believe that they cannot contribute of their means, but, that is incorrect. I believe everybody can give something. I also believe that everybody ought to give something. The act of giving is an expression of thanksgiving to and trust in God. And, we are blessed more than we could ever expect through the act of giving. It is not the amount, although our standard is 10% or giving at a proportionate rate in line with how much we believe God has blessed us and how much God will bless this church and the community because of our giving.
Nevertheless, back to my point, everybody can give something. If unable to tithe, then begin with 1% and grow from there. If 1% is not doable at this point, then give any amount. This act will only bless you, the church and the community, even the world.
Certainly, this is something between God and ourselves. However, let it not be lost on us how important, meaningful and enriching living out this very important spiritual discipline is. I am not saying that people should not come to church because they cannot give. Yet, I am saying that people can give whatever they have to give and be blessed. At Mustard Tree/Breakthrough Worship each Sunday evening, offering plates are passed to all in attendance. When the plates are received from the homeless, street persons, and others something is always in the plate. In the end, our giving is an expression of the quality of our obedience, hope and trust in God in Christ.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 3:21 PM EDT