Giving is something we do because we are showing God where our heart is. We do NOT do it because the church needs or doesn't need our money or because we believe it makes us a good person. Instead we are showing God we trust Him with one of the most difficult things for most of us to trust Him with and that’s our finances.
This isn’t something we came up with to scare/guilt people into giving.
According to Malachi 3:8, it says we are robbing God when we withhold our tithe.
Tithing is also an act of obedience to God. By people being faithful and obedient in their giving, it helps us pay for a place to worship together each week and to help the needy and reach the lost. Without it, we simply would not be able to impact as many people as we are for Christ. The person tithing also benefits by growing deeper in their relationship with God and realizing we can trust Him with everything, even our finances.
It’s something that there’s no other way of learning and experiencing except by doing so.
What is the difference between the tithe and the offering?
The tithe is the first 10% of your income. The offering is anything over and above that 10%. It is important that you understand the difference.