The History of Giving

The earliest example of tithing can be found in the Book of Genesis when Abraham gives unto God as an act of worship. A tithe means “a tenth part”; it is literally 10% of your income—the first part of what you earn, not the leftovers. Today, we continue the practice of tithing to express our love for God, and to honor Him for how He’s blessed us. What we give in addition to our tithes is called an offering.


Why God Wants us to Give
Aside from giving being a way to worship God, it’s also something that God commands. God says, “A tenth of all your produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy” (Leviticus 27:30). When we refuse to tithe, God says that we are stealing from Him (Malachi 3:10). Tithing demonstrates that God is first in our lives (Deuteronomy 14:3) and helps us to prove that we love Him (John 14:15).


The Benefits of Giving
When we faithfully practice tithing, we can expect a number of benefits that will help us reach spiritual maturity. Giving makes us more like God—when he gave up his son, Jesus, he displayed the ultimate sacrifice. Giving draws us closer to God (Matthew 6:21), strengthens our faith (Proverbs 3:5-9), helps us make an investment for eternity (1 Timothy 6:18-19), blesses us in return (Proverbs 22:9), and ensures our happiness (Acts 20:35).


How to Give
Cheerfully: 2 Cor 9:7
Generously: 2 Chron 31:5
Systemically: Prov 3:9-10
Reverently: Mal 1:6-9
Proportionally: Deut 16:17
Faithfully: 1 Cor 16:2
Joyfully: 2 Cor 8:2
Willingly: Ex 35:21-22
Regularly: Neh 10:35-39
Expectantly: Luke 6:38
Eternally: Heb 11:13-16
Extravagantly: Jn 12:1-8
Thoughtfully: Hag 1:3-11


A Commitment Prayer
“Father, I know you love me and want what’s best for me. I recognize that all I have, or will ever have, comes from you. I am more interested in pleasing you than in having more possessions. I want you to have first place in my life, and I am willing to begin tithing as you have commanded. Out of gratitude for all you have done for me, and in expectation that you will continue to provide for me, I commit myself to returning at least the first 10% of all I earn back to you. I want to begin investing in eternity. Help me to remain faithful to this commitment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”