Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 16:17
God had set up several festivals to be celebrated each year. These were times to celebrate things God has done in the lives of the Israelites. As a person was to come to each of these festivals, he was not to come without a gift to be presented to God. This gift was to be in proportion to the way God had blessed that person in that year. The greater the blessing, the larger the gift.
Although many churches no longer celebrate many of the festivals that God had set up in the Old Testament, they do often celebrate others times throughout the year. The most common are Christmas, Easter, and Day of Pentecost. Others may choose to celebrate specific events in that churches history, such as honoring the pastor each year.
Regardless of what is being celebrated, the one thing that God wants is that each person bring a gift according to how He has blessed that person.
Giving of gifts in a church is often done from the excess the person has. It is not usually done in correct proportion to how God has blessed him. Very few people actually do the minimum of tithing correctly. Most ministers say that they would be thrilled if just ten percent of the church would tithe. This has nothing to do with gifts above tithe.
When you bring gifts that are in proportion to how God has blessed you, God is pleased. It shows that you recognize His blessings in your life. It shows that you trust Him to meet all of your needs. It also shows that you realize that the blessings God has given you are not for you alone, but to be shared.
When you give gifts to the church, how are you giving?
Are you giving as little as possible?
Or are you being generous, as God is generous with you?
Celebrate what God has done in your life with others.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to the blessings He has given you; that you will be willing to share what God has blessed you with; that God will continue to meet all of your needs; and that you will bless the church in proportion to how God has blessed you.