Q. My parents are both past retirement age (into their late 70’s and early 80’s) and for medical reasons my mom has been forced to stop working (mostly). This is going to severely inhibit their ability to have enough income for basic necessities. I want to be able to contribute financially to my parents so that they can continue living with some dignity and honor. I currently have been tithing to our local church and God has blessed us immeasurably. However, my ability to assist my parents would most likely end up re-directing my tithe contributions from our church to my parents. What are your thoughts on this approach?
A. You say as a result of your tithing God has blessed you. Don’t you believe He will continue to do so, especially since you’ll be obeying Him by caring for your parents? In thanking the Philippians for their gift, Paul said, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). And in encouraging the Corinthians to continue their generous giving, he said, “You will be made rich in every way so you can be generous on every occasion (2 Cor. 9:8-11).” Both these promises indicate that God will be able to meet your increased needs. Ask Him to show you the way. His ability is limited only by our generosity (Luke 6:38).