Have you ever wondered what ‘tithing’ is or why we give back to God? We believe that God has given us everything we have (1 Corinthians 10:26) and we view the stewardship of those things through the lens of generosity by giving it back to Him (Proverbs 3:9). We get to joyfully give back to God as an act of worship through giving. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
By giving God our best, we are saying to Him:
- God, I recognize that you are the one that has given me everything.
- God, you are Lord of my life and I choose to put you first in ALL aspects.
- God, I trust you to continually meet my needs.
In the Old Testament, we read about the principle of a “tithe” which was when God’s people gave back the best of what they had to Him. The word “tithe” means one-tenth. So, God’s people gave Him the first 10% of what He blessed them with. He challenged them to test Him in Malachi 3 by saying, “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. When we read the New Testament we see Jesus continue to reference this principle so we believe that 10% is a great starting point, but generosity might be modeled with more than 10%. We believe we should each give according to what we have and be generous willingly, sacrificially, and with joy in our hearts knowing that we are giving back to God.