You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
What is a tithe?
“One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.” (Leviticus 27:30)
The word “tithe” comes from an ancient word for tenth. The tithe, therefore, is our basic obligation to God. It is 10 percent of our income returned to God from all he has given us.
Why should I tithe?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Giving of your money is a spiritual concern, for it reflects your understanding that all you have is a gift from God. Financial giving to God is to respond in a positive manner to Jesus’ command, “Follow me.” His teaching on giving clearly shows that our money is an extension of who we are and what we value in life. Our giving to God reflects the meaning Christ has in our lives. When we financially give to God, we make a tangible expression of the gratitude we feel for all His gifts to us.