I once served on the finance committee of my church where I learned that Christians gave on average 2 1/2% of their income away.
More recent statistics indicate that of the $16Trillion that Christians earn, they give closer to 2% or $370B to Christian causes.
So what about those Macedonian churches (e.g., Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea)?
…in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
(2 Corinthians 8:2-5 ESV)
So, what motivated these churches to give so sacrificially? Paul tells the Corinthian church:
…you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
(2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV)
IF the Old Testament standard of giving was at least 10% of income (I know, I know: Uncle Sam takes some of our income and distributes to those in need…).
IF the poor Macedonians begged to give beyond their means…
IF Jesus gave His life for us…
THEN Why do Christians only give 2% of their income???
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 21:1-22:25, Psalm 107:1-9, Proverbs 25:14-15, 2 Corinthians 7:2-16. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)