Why do we tithe? The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
A tithe—which just means “tenth”—is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to your local church. Tithing is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible including the New Testament. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty,”and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, He’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) What you are “investing in” financially is what you will be passionate about, and is the best indication of what is important to you. God calls us to invest in eternal things versus temporary things of this world.
Is God wise? Do you trust him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.