Giving is an integral part of our relationship with God.
Generosity is a journey. Many of us begin as "Initial Givers" - consistently giving a specific amount to God. As we grow in our generosity we become "Proportional Givers" - giving 10% of our income to God. God's dream is for us to be "Generous Givers" - looking for ways to be generous every day. In fact He's designed us to be generous. Why give? Here are a few reasons.
It acknowledges Him as the giver of everything we have.
It reflects our trust that He will continue to provide for us.
It allows us to be a part of His work here on Earth.
It's a way for us to follow through on what He's asked us to do.
We were made to live generous lives and giving changes us.
In the Bible, God tells us to, "Honor God with everything you own; give Him the first and the best." (Proverbs 3:9 MSG)
The Bible teaches us that our baseline standard for giving is the tithe – contributing 10% of our income to the church. The word "tithe" literally means "a tenth." We return to the Lord 10% of what He's given us, because it belongs to Him. In Malachi 3:10-11, God says,
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house."
The "storehouse" is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament church. So as New Testament believers, we worship the Lord with a tithe, or 10%.
Beyond the "tithe" is something the Bible calls an "offering." An offering is a gift given to God that His Holy Spirit prompts us to give to accomplish His work.