Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 16:17 NIV
Canada Helps’ The Giving Report 2023 found that the overall percentage of people who donated to charities dropped to 28 per cent from 36 per cent between 2010 and 2022 amongst individual households. Imagine Canada’s 2022 Holiday Giving Survey, found that the average pre-holiday charitable donation in 2022 was $182, down 20 per cent from the average contribution of $221 during the same period in 2021. The number of small donors is decreasing. Donations are increasingly concentrated among high-income donors.
There are those who (incorrectly) teach that God wants to make you materially prosperous. God does take care of His own, and He teaches us to pray for our daily bread. Rather than promising that followers of Jesus will get wealthy, the Bible speaks often about giving away what we have rather than hoarding it for ourselves. In Deuteronomy 16:17 we read “each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” This is pretty clear – the more God has blessed you, the more you are called to give away. I saw a sign the other day that really struck me – it said “the things you take for granted are the very things that someone else has been praying for.” I haven’t been able to get that out of my head because it is true. We have so much of what this world provides – and God calls us to give back in proportion to what we have. We need to sit down and take inventory and decide how much of what we have we don’t really need. That includes what we have in our bank accounts. What gift can you bring?
These have been words from the heart.