How to Honor God by Learning to Give

In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul writes, “Now about the collection for God’s people…On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income” (NIV). In this short passage, Paul gives us insight into how we ought to bring our gift to God.

First of all, he talks about how much we are supposed to give: a sum in keeping with our income. The Bible never tells us to give a specific dollar amount. Never do we hear, “To honor God, you must give $100 every week.” Of course not. This issue isn’t a dollar amount but rather how proportional our gift is to our income.

Ultimately, giving is about our level of sacrifice. If you make just a little bit of money, you are expected to give only a little bit. If you don’t make anything, you aren’t expected to give anything. Your giving should be directly and proportionally tied to what God allows to come into your life.

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College students have a lot of questions about this issue. Many want to give but don’t have an income while they are in school. They’ll approach me and say, “I want to give, but I don’t know how much I should give since I don’t have any real income.” I always tell them that, biblically, they don’t have to give yet. People with no income aren’t expected to give. Still, I encourage them to give a little when they can, just to get on the ladder and begin establishing a habit for when why are blessed with an income, no matter how large or small.

Honoring God by bringing a gift back to him acknowledges his importance in your life. By choosing to return a gift to God, you are essentially saying, “God, I am thankful for the life, health, breath, and intelligence you have given to me to be able to earn this money. Apart from you, I wouldn’t have anything in my life. So I am going to honor you by returning a part of what’ve you given me.”

–Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from pgs. 46-48 of The Generosity Ladder: Your Next Step to Financial Peace.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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