Why Should I Give?

Giving is a spiritual practice just like prayer or reading scripture. The Bible says it is God who gives us the strength, knowledge, and ability to earn a living. "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant..." (Deuteronomy 8:18, NASB).

God has blessed us with everything we have for a reason. We need to recognize that God is our provider and that what we have doesn’t belong to us.

Visit TMUMC.ORG/give to learn ways to make a donation or tithe with Trietsch.

Live Simply, Love Generously

Generosity is truly more pleasant and life-giving than we may imagine. And it's truly simpler than we may realize. Here is what it looks like: live simply, love generously, trust God.

Simplifying our lives leaves room for a rich relationship with God. When we choose to live simply, we can love generously. It’s simple really—remove the distractions, the interruptions, the noise of life and we can offer ourselves fully to others and to God.

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV)

Simplicity removes duplicity which creates generosity. Becoming generous with our lives can only happen when we free ourselves from the complications of "more." God’s original desire was to be in a generous relationship with us. Let’s begin living simply so we can love generously. 

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." - Matthew 6:22-24 (NRSV)

Simplicity allows us to trust God so that we can release God’s generosity. We can be generous because God has first been generous to us. When we understand and trust that God has provided and will continue to provide everything we have, we can be more generous. What would it mean to trust in God and increase your giving? Remember, God never asks us to do anything more than we can—simply our best.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:25-33 (NRSV)

What is tithing?

There is a difference between a tithe and an offering.

  • Tithe: 10% of the “first fruit.” This means it’s off the top! The tithe comes before all other bills and payments.
    All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord. If persons wish to redeem any of their tithes, they must add one-fifth to them. All tithes of herd and flock, every tenth one that passes under the shepherd’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.” - Leviticus 27:30-32 (NRSV)
  • Offering: Extra giving to God above and beyond the tithe.
    bringing there your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and your donations, your votive gifts, your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and flocks.” - Deuteronomy 12:6 (NRSV)
     

Why is tithing important?

  1. It gives God control of our lives
  2. It opens our lives to the blessings of God
  3. It shares grace with others

We understand that immediately starting with a 10% tithe can feel impossible. Take baby steps and be in prayer. Talk to God about living generously and ask God to open your heart to the good that comes from giving and gratitude.

Start with 2%

Set a proportion of income giving. Start with 2% of your income and then set a goal to increase your giving by 2% every 6 months until you reach a tithe.

A 5-Day Guide to Prayerful Giving

Take the first steps to live simply and love generously by starting with prayer. Remember that the goal is to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow this 5-Day prayer guide to begin a conversation with God by asking, "Lord, what do you want to do through me?"

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Today, think about your income and all that it represents—warm home, delicious food, effective education, purposeful car, comfortable furniture, family entertainment, and personal security. Thank God in prayer for what God has provided you. 

My income is $________ per ________ 

Today, think about Trietsch Memorial UMC and how your faith is enriched here. Think about the lives our church touches for children, youth, and adults. Think about our mission outreach and our wonderful worship experiences. Think about how our church leads people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank God in prayer for the ministry of Trietsch. 

My present offering is $________ per ________ 

Most of us can step up in our giving. What would it mean to increase your giving? Remember, God never asks us to do anything more than we can—simply our best. Thank God for offering the best thing—his Son. 

Today, think about what it would mean to tithe—literally give God the “first-fruit” of our income. Some feel that tithing means having 10% less. God says, “Put me to the test…see if I will not pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” Consider moving up to the tithe. Thank God for giving us an overflowing blessing in life. 

A tithe for me would be $________ per ________ 

Today, ask God for wisdom and guidance. Follow God’s lead, knowing that you want to offer a gift of thanks to God for an amazing life and a wonderful church that makes disciples for Jesus Christ. Thank God that you are a part of what God is doing through Trietsch Memorial UMC. 

My pledge for the upcoming year will be $________ per ________

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