Generous people give consistently, sacrificially, and joyfully.
This weekend, we shared that two-thirds of our church gives inconsistently (or not at all) to our work of helping people follow Jesus together as a family. That's always a hard thing to hear, particularly if you're part of that group. I don't doubt that you love our church and that you want to be generous.
I won't presume to know the reason you can't be generous today but here are three simple ways you can begin living today generously:
Automate Your Giving
Most organizations provide online giving options. Take advantage of options to set up giving schedules (here is ours for Christ Community). If an organization doesn't provide that option, check with your bank and see if they have an automated system for online payments.
Start With 10
Ten percent of your income is a healthy indicator of sacrificial giving for most people. Maybe giving ten percent of your income is a goal for you to pursue. Perhaps ten percent is the starting point in your journey towards generosity. Either way, use '10' as the number to help you give sacrificially.
When you think you never have enough, you'll never enjoy what you have. One simple way to hack our dissatisfaction and disappointment with today is to take time each day to be thankful for what you have. Write it down. Share one thing you're grateful for over dinner.
Oh, and don't forget that as followers of Jesus, we wake up with hope because of the generosity of Christ. He owns everything and gave it all up to rescue us, adopt us into his family and enable us to be generous like him (2 Corinthians 8:9). Tullian Tchividjian writes, 'The gospel alone liberates you to live a life of scandalous generosity...'
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts. And if you liked it, please pass it along to someone you know.