“Where your treasure is, there also lies your heart.” Matthew 6:21
At the top of most people’s list of expenses are big items like the mortgage, car payments, and tuition. Other expenses are food, credit card payments, and entertainment. But how about the Church? Does the Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton have a place in your budget? If not, it should. Throughout Scripture, we are taught to give to God our “first fruits” or the “choicest portion.” In modern speech, we might say that the first “line item” in the family budget should be returning a portion of our income to God. Both symbolically and in actuality, this is a powerful expression of God’s place in your life. Where our treasure is, so also are our hearts.
The Church doesn’t have any hard-and-fast rules for financial support. We are simply asked “to give according to our means.” However, in Scripture, the Israelites were asked to give a tithe (10%) and this tradition has become a standard for most Christian communities, including St. Elizabeth’s. We ask that each family consider tithing as follows:
It can be difficult to Give to God first before spending on oneself, but over time, with careful budgeting, it is possible. Some families may have difficulty giving 5 %. If so, try increasing your current level of giving by 1 or 2 percent. The most important thing, however, is to decide on a regular weekly gift and be faithful to it.