Her mom made her spend $2 on her grandfather’s birthday gift when she was a child.
When she grew up, her grandfather gave her a substantial inheritance, but each year she continued to buy him a $2 gift.
Sounds ungrateful and childish, but I wonder if it isn't how we sometimes treat God.
Did you know there’s no New Testament command to give God 10%?
"In the New Testament the words “tithe” and “tithing” appear only eight times (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42; 18:12; Heb. 7:5–6, 8–9). All of these passages refer to Old Testament usage and to current Jewish practice. Nowhere does the New Testament expressly command Christians to tithe."
--Thomas Nelson's Bible Dictionary (1)
Ten percent isn't a magic amount, nor is it a New Testament requirement. Ten percent may be too much for some, but it's probably too little for most of us.
Christ paid a price for us that we can never repay. New Testament giving is an act of gratefulness, not a legalistic command. When we love Christ, we want to give Him a portion of our money, our time and our talents. It's a natural response to His grace that saved us from Hell and His daily gifts of comfort, guidance, strength and joy. Genuine gratefulness leads to voluntary, generous giving, not legalistic minimum requirements.
--Thomas Nelson Bible Dictionary (1)
We need to drop the words tithe and 10% when it comes to giving and use New Testament words for giving:
Copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
What do you think…is 10% too much, too little or just the right amount to give? Leave a comment and let me know!
Read Gail's bio on the WOW Lead Writer's page
For some other WOW devotions about our attitudes toward money:
Really? Another Jar? by Brad Bridges
Is Wealth a Waste of Time? by Martin Wiles
Childhood Shopping Trips and Treasures by Tami Gilman
No Matter What by Gail Purath
(1) Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.