For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Gain all you can… save all you can… give all you can.”– John Wesley
WHY WE GIVE.
John Wesley, the founder of our Methodist movement, offers this plain approach to living. We are to seek to earn all we can in ways that are helpful to ourselves and others, never harmful. We are to “save all we can” by being frugal in our expenses. And then having earned all we can and spent only what we must to care for our own basic needs and those of our family (which we are never to neglect!), we are to give everything else away.
As United Methodists we value the tithe as a benchmark for giving. We believe our giving should be both more challenging and more gracious to the whole world than simply trying to give a tithe of our income. We also believe that there is joy in giving, and the greater the generosity the deeper the joy. We acknowledge that we worship God and not money! Giving an offering frees us from the bondage that money can have over our lives. Tithing then encourages us to focus on God as the source of our strength and abundance, rather than our own achievements or financial assets. Tithing leads to our spiritual well-being and growth in our relationship with God and others in the world around us.