I’m often asked by people, “how much should I give?” It’s a funny question really. Pulling down an exact number or even percentage from the New Testament can prove to be a difficult task. We can throw some guidelines, but the text makes it hard to land on a single number and say this is what you should be doing. There are too many texts that favor the intention, heart, and goal of our giving over how much we give that makes this an ambiguous question. For that reason, when someone asks how me that question my response is usually to ask, how much do you want to see the world change?
In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Paul kinda clears up this question about how much should I give by asking a bigger question of how much do I want to the world to be change. He says to them “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” He continues with telling them that we shouldn’t give “reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
So to that question, “How much should I give?” The answer is simple. How much do you want to see the world change. Don’t give out of obligation, don’t give out of fear.