When I first wrote about the graduated tithe, someone commented that God already has a graduated tithe system where we give 10% of our income. As our income increases, so does our giving. Also, as our income decreases, so does our giving.
But, what say you?
The percentage budget says:
- Your cost of living should increase as your salary increases.
- Your percentage of giving should never increase beyond …
- God is satisfied with a set standard percent of our income.
Would it be more appropriate to say I live on “x” dollars, and if God blesses me above that amount then I’ll give a larger percent because I already have enough?
The man who makes $12,000 buys a $1,200 car. The man who makes $120,000 buys a $12,000 car. The man who makes $1.2 million buys a $120,000 car.
Are all these equally responsible in the eyes of God? Have they all practiced an equal measure of stewardship?
The man who makes $12,000 pays $600 for a week vacation. The man who makes $120,000 spends $6,000 for a week vacation. The man who makes $1.2 million spends $60,000 for a week vacation.
Does that matter to God? Does God simply look at the percentage of our income?
I’ve heard it said many times that everything is right and wrong in relation to what you earn. Is that true?
If I make and live off $50,000 and then I get a new job at $150,000, does it honor God for me to increase my living in line with that raise? Or does that show I have no self control? Does that reveal a continual lust for more? If my living increases then the only boundary I have in my life is my income.
To be clear, I’m not talking about financial principles here. Financially, it makes perfect sense that as long as you’re spending less than you earn everything is A-OK. I’m talking about the spiritual impact. Does God want us to set a line where we say surely this is enough? Does God ever expect us to say, “Lord, you have blessed me in abundance and I can no longer spend to your level of blessing.”
Be careful how you answer because I think how you answer this question determines where you fall on the discussion of Dave Ramsey’s new house.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be thinking out loud and getting feedback from you on the topic of Christian discipleship and finances. Why? Because I’m in the process of writing a book that will likely be released in the next month, and I want you to help me mentally tie up all the loose ends.
Photo by Jekert Gwapo