How much ought we give?

"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if your expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them… For many of us the great obstacle to charity lies not in our luxurious living or desire for more money, but in our fear- fear of insecurity."
C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity


Are you spending the same amount as people making the same amount as you? Do you feel the "pinch" of giving? Are you living in fear?


  1. says

    We were just talking about how much we loved this CS Lewis quote. So true. Sacrificial giving has to happen in our lives to refine us and help us redefine what it means to live with open hands.

  2. says

    Great quote and scripture. I was familiar with the scripture, but the C.S. Lewis quote is new to me and very insightful, thanks for sharing.

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