From the Pastor Calculated
For weeks before
Christmas, you planned carefully on how much to spend and what to buy for family
members and people you love. You did a
lot of calculating, didn’t you? Is there
anything wrong with that? No, love often
expresses itself in logical, well-reasoned, methodical ways.
Do you love God? Then do
you give to Him in ways that are haphazard,
or systematic? Have you calculated your
contributions to God through the church, or are you just winging it?
In 2010, we received $190,000 toward a ministry goal of $195,421. Actual ministry expenses were $195,163. I think we did quite well in a year of
economic contractions and missing three Sunday gatherings due to winter
weather. We have sufficient funds in the
checking account to cover such a small shortfall, and we are blessed to have significant
amounts in undesignated funds, too. So
to cry poor in such circumstances would be inappropriate.
All of us, however, must do some calculating as to what we will
give to God in 2011, especially if we are to achieve a ministry goal of
Have you figured what a tenth of your income is? The Bible sets a tithe (tenth) as the measure
God expects. If such a tithe is truly
not possible in light of living expense needs (versus wants), then what portion will you be giving to Him? – No one in
our church will specify this for you, and the amount members give is a
confidential matter known only by the recording secretary. It’s definitely a personal thing between you
and the Lord.
But such giving doesn’t just happen anymore than
your Christmas giving “just happened.”
No, love may be “a many splendored thing” but it is also a very
calculating thing. – Ya figure?
Yours in Him,