In the Old Testament we see the principle of tithing. A tithe (which means “tenth”) is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to the local church. When we give we are expressing worship in the one tangible way that puts God first in our lives. Bringing tithes and offering is an opportunity for us to give God our thanks, show God we trust Him and fight against greed in our hearts… all while allowing us to be a part of the most important work in life of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! (Leviticus 27:30, Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:6-10, Matthew 6:19-24 and I Corinthians 16:1-2.)
Let’s be honest. Most of us work too hard for too little. So for many, the idea of tithing, bringing the first 10% of our income to the Church, seems overwhelming. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how much or how little we make, God promises to pour out blessings on us when we tithe.
Tithing is about training our heart to trust God at His word. In Malachi 3:10, the Bible says we can take the promises of God to the bank. When we bring our first and best back to God, He promises to bless the rest. We can’t out give God.
Giving 10 percent is a good Biblical principle and helps us get into the routine of giving to God. But can and should we give more at times? Can we give less? We should give as we are able. Sometimes this means giving more than 10 percent and sometimes less. Above all, everything we give should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. Remember, salvation is not attached to your giving. God is more concerned with your heart than your wallet. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35