From the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation
God at Work! - December 2017
… for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
How we invite God to work in us is to become increasingly more like Christ in the process called discipleship. Its aim is to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus, but this usually comes in stages of commitment whether it be prayer, presence, service, witness, or
There are four stages of giving. In Stage 1, people spend on themselves and then to give to God from what is left over. They usually give little or nothing. They are not ready to commit.
In Stage 2, people take responsibility and wonder what equal shares of the goal (e.g., church budget) are. Of course, this fails to recognize that households have different levels of resources. People at this stage are ready to give regularly and many of them pledge.
In Stage 3, people want to put God first in their lives, even if they must change spending habits and attitudes toward having things. They understand that an offering to God is intended to be a sacrifice. They look to move toward tithing, giving ten percent of their income to God, by increasing the percentage of income they give each year.
In Stage 4, people want to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. They see even what they spend on their own needs to be support for their discipleship. Often, their giving to church exceeds the 10 percent tithing mark. Where are you in your discipleship journey? Is this the year, you make a change? Let’s pray for one another as we grow together.
Jim Wells, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation