But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
In short, we have a biblical responsibility as well as a privileged opportunity to give of ourselves to the Lord. Some might argue that the “tithe” (which means “one tenth”) was a principle to be adhered to strictly under the Law of Moses. However, we see in scripture that the tithe was adopted hundreds of years before the Law through Abraham (Gen 14:18-29, Hebrews 7:1-3 [who is the “father of faith” Rom 4:11-12]).
In the first chapter of the book of Haggai, the people of Israel find themselves confused because they had sown much grain but brought in little harvest. They ate but didn’t have enough, drank but weren’t filled. They clothed themselves but no one was warm & the money they made seemed to not avail them in any real way. “…he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:6. God said, “Consider your ways!” & He went on to speak of how His house was in shambles while everyone else focused on their own homes, the things of themselves. God told them that the reason they looked for much but it came to little was because He was “blowing it away” because their priorities were out of line. They were to focus on His house first, then He would bless their efforts in their own home.
The bible is replete with scripture speaking of both the responsibility of the believer, as well as the privileged opportunity of the believer to give. Jesus acknowledged the appropriateness of the tithe (the tenth) when He rebuked the Pharisees. He said, “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” In other words, they did well to tithe, they failed however in justice & the love of God. He said, “… lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20-21
In Luke’s gospel, we read where He said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38. Translation? You can’t out give God (Check out Malachi 3:8-11)!
The apostle Paul echoed this same principle when he said, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
So giving is a way in which we worship God through the giving of ourselves. It’s a biblical responsibility as well as a privileged opportunity to give to the Living God, the One who has saved us & given His all, His only begotten Son for us!
Some people ask what the difference is between a “tithe” & an “offering”. The bible teaches that the tithe belongs to God, it’s His, it’s not ours, it never was. That’s why God accuses His people of stealing from Him in the book of Malachi. They were withholding what was His, the tithe.
The offering begins at 10.1% When you give any amount over 10%, you are giving what the bible refers to as a “freewill” offering. It’s not required of you, you’re simply giving out of your own freewill, over & above the tithe, simply because you love God & want to give more than what is His to Him.
Thanks for taking the time to check out this page on why we give. Below you will find various short clips that simply demonstrate how you can give should you sense the Lord leading you that direction. They are there simply for your convenience.
May the Lord richly bless you!