By Karen Polich
You don’t become a more generous person by changing your income. You’ll become a more generous person by changing your heart. – Michael M. Cook
Everything we have belongs to the Lord. There is nothing separate from His hand in our lives. Yet, it can it be so difficult for many of us to tithe on a regular basis. Why? Do we think it will be easier to give when we have more resources? Do we give sporadically because we feel like we should?
What if we didn’t wait to give? What if we didn’t give out of impulse, shock or emotion?
Pastor Michael M. Cook’s sermon series, Work in Progress, teaches us we are capable of making an impact and being who God designed us to be. Sunday’s message examined God’s plan for our resources. (Listen here.) Here’s a list of the important principles related to our giving. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
- Principle of planned regularity. This is a vital habit to develop. Our giving should be an act of worship.
- Principle of individual responsibility. God has called each one of us to give.
- Principle of proportionate return. Stewardship becomes a matter of God’s prosperity in our lives. Our giving should be reciprocal to His giving in our lives. Proportionate giving is fair and flexible.
As the tide of our income comes in, the first tenth is the starting point for our giving. Even when the tide goes out, we should remain faithful to our commitment to give.
How do we make that commitment? It speaks to our trust in God. Making the commitment is the first step in being fully obedient to God and giving Him what we are called to give. We do it by faith. We seek Him and give Him our best.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10
As Zig Ziglar said, “You cannot out-give God.” He has already done so much for us. Examine your heart. We are all a work in progress. Are we giving what God has called us to give as an act of worship?