A Worksheet for Joyful Percentage Giving
When we bring our offerings to God, we do not do so because we have to but because we want to. Our God has been more than generous, even in freely handing out eternal life! Giving of our material wealth is but one way God has given us to give thank to him!
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
The Apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to “set aside a sum of money in keeping with [their] income” (1 Corinthians 16:2) as they gathered money for a special offering. Percentage giving allows our giving to guiltlessly grow or shrink as God allows our income to grow or shrink. Thinking less about a specific dollar amounts and more about a percentage and planning out or giving in that way will enable us to give joyfully of our first-fruits.
What is the appropriate percentage to give? God doesn’t give us a specific number, but gives us the ability in our Christian freedom to make that decision. Rather, as Paul mentioned in the passage above, we give what we have “decided in [our] heart to give” and to always give “cheerfully” in the joy of the free gift of eternal life.
God gave his Old Testament people a law of a gift of at least 10% of their income (a tithe). While we are not held to this exact number, we might use 10% as a starting point in figuring out where we want our giving to be.
The Apostle Paul also encouraged the Corinthians to set aside their gifts each week. Ideally we are in worship often to bring our gifts, but if we have to be away from worship for vacation, work, or other commitments, use either a check in the mail or your bank’s bill pay system to ensure regular giving and supporting the work at church even when you cannot be here.
The following exercise will hopefully be a helpful tool in making those prayerful, heart-made decisions so that we can all be giving, not under compulsion, but cheerfully to spread the Word of our God who rescued all from their sins.
Determine if you will be calculating income based on a weekly, monthly, or annual amount and fill in the blanks as appropriate.
NOTE: No information entered into this form is stored anywhere. Calculations are done on your local computer and stay there. This tool is for your information only.
Determining Giving Goal
After you've figured out what your current percentage giving is, prayerfully consider if and how you might be able to increase it. If your giving is at 5%, could it be 7%? If it's at 10%, could it be 11%? Those are choices for you and your family to plan for yourselves. You can use the second part of the above calculator to determine what your regular gift would be at a new percentage. May the Lord bless your wrestling!