The Church

The Point: Give Until It Helps


John Stonestreet

So where’s your treasure?

In John Wesley’s sermon “The Use of Money,” the great preacher counseled Christians to gain all we can, save all we can, and give all we can.

As I mentioned recently on The Point, we’re doing great at gaining and saving—Americans, Christians among them, are building bigger homes and renting more storage space than ever before.

But after skimming the latest statistical update on giving at, it seems that there’s room for improvement in the giving department.

For example, Christians today give on average 2.5 percent of their income to charity. During the Great Depression, they gave 3.3 percent. Nearly 40 percent of regular church goers don’t give to churches. And of families making more than $75,000 a year, only 1 percent tithe.

However, 77 percent of those who do practice tithing give more than 10 percent—anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of their gross income.

Yes, making and saving money are good, especially when they help us support kingdom work through our giving. So give until it helps!

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