Friday, January 23, 2015
Annual Budget - Charitable Giving
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Many followers of Christ choose to give generously to charitable works, including us. We feel strongly that we ought to give around 20% of our net income (around 10% of gross income) to worthwhile causes, including our local church and a few other worthwhile causes. In the past, we have given to special projects, like water well drilling in Africa or microfinance in the developing world, and we like to regularly support summer camps for kids, overseas work in the developing world and various organizations here in Canada, especially our local church.
We have found that choosing to give our first and best toward charitable work keeps our attitudes around finances humble and focused on our Lord.
Do you give? Why or why not?