Where does my giving to the Church belong?
Do I consider it a matter of mere choice? Do I think of it as something obligatory? Is it merely a personal preference? Or do I look upon it as a privilege and responsibility? When I plan my budget, where do I place my giving to the Church? Do I place it first because the responsibility is laid on my heart, or do I place it last, after I have discovered if anything is still available? Is my giving to the Church proportionate giving? Do I relate my giving to the Church to what I spend on pleasure and comforts and luxuries and even necessities? Is my giving haphazard? Does it belong in the category of leftovers?
In other words, do I find a rightful place for stewardship in my life? Do I treat my giving carelessly or do I treat it thoughtfully? The prophet Samuel said, “I will not offer to the Lord my God that which has cost me nothing.”