You were created to be generous.
Nothing feeds the soul more than aiming to serve and bless others.
In The Bible and in the church, I’ve learned that there are only 5 types of givers.
Every single person fits into one of these categories. As you read this article, ask yourself these 2 questions:
What type of giver am I right now?
How can I grow?
The 5 Types of Givers in the Church:
Non-Givers ask, “How can I spend MY money?”
Did you know that the majority of people have never given anything to their local church?
You’ll never be able to experience the full promises of God until you learn to live life with an open hand.
Everyone has something to give.
These are the people that “give a little” to the church.
God Tippers ask, “Do I feel impressed to give MY money today?”
The typical church member gives less than $200/year. Most people never move past this level of giving.
Does this make you a bad person or an inferior Christian? No.
God doesn’t love you more when give or less when you don’t.
But He does want you to be generous.
God is jealous for your love.
Take the next step in your giving and show Him you love Him.
Proportional Givers (Tithers)
Proportional givers ask, “What am I earning so I can return the first 10% back to God?”
Tithing demonstrates love, trust, and submission to an all-powerful Savior.
It’s one of the greatest acts of obedience a Christian can practice.
You might ask, “Really, what’s the big deal?”
Here’s the big deal: God must be first!
This is a principal that runs throughout the Bible.
Remember, the 10 Commandments? What was first commandment?
You shall have no other Gods before me (Exodus 20:3).
I think God was also saying, “You must have no other love before me.”
This includes the love of money.
Generous givers ask, “God, How much of YOUR money should I give?”
Here’s one thing God has taught me over the years:
If you’re not growing in your personal generosity, you’re likely not growing in your relationship with Christ.
Generous givers are obedient when the Holy Spirit prompts.
Radical givers ask, “God, How much of YOUR money should I KEEP so I can UNLEASH the rest to save the lost?”
Each day of his ministry was freely given away to save and serve others.
Does that describe you? Is each day a new opportunity to serve others? Do you see your money simply as a tool to be the hands and feet of Christ?
Radical givers realize that bold steps honor God and God honors bold steps.
Here’s my challenge to you–make a commitment over the next 90 days to move to the next level in your giving.
Ask God to grow your faith, grow your influence, and grow your capacity to give.