Put It Into Practice
Tithing is one way to worship Godâ€”to honor Him as your provider and remind yourself that all of your resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace. As you give away that first 10% of your income, you set your course to honor God in the way you handle the rest of your finances.
When to Give
Consider your pay schedule, and establish a pattern of giving when your resources increase. This habit allows you to regularly remind yourself of Godâ€™s faithfulness and to express gratitude to Him by giving to meet the needs of others.
Where to Give
Typically, the tithe should be given to the local church where you worship. These gifts support your pastor and ministry staff members who are actively serving you, and they help maintain the work of the church in your community. As God prospers you and directs you, additional gifts can be given to other ministries that are advancing the Gospel.
What To Give
The tithe is 10% of your gross income. In addition to giving 10% of your monetary income, consider giving God the firstfruits of other resources as well, such as your time (giving Him the first part of your day in a quiet time and taking one day in seven to focus on worship and rest) and energies (investing your gifts and abilities in your church and community).
How to Give
Your motives for giving are important to God. â€œEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good workâ€ (II Corinthians 9:7â€“8). Give with the expectation that God will faithfully supply whatever you need so that you can abound in good works!
2 Cor 9:7-9
7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. NIV