James 1:17 every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV) To tithe or not to tithe? Everything we own, everything we have comes from God. So when we give, we simply offer him a very small portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God! It comes from a heart of worship. For everything we give already belongs to him! God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this 10% represented the first or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give “in keeping with his income.”
2 Chronicles 31:4-10 Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. God’s kingdom is built on multiplication, not division. God uses the tithe as an investment where everyone involved gets a return on the investment. Obviously, the church and the kingdom are blessed, and yet God’s nature is to also bless the giver. Many people believe that the preacher or musicians take all the church money. Your tithe is for the upkeep of the church most importantly however a lot of preacher does and/or musicians get paid. Preaching is a God given talent and some people profession as well as playing a musical instrument is. The pastor is the Man of God to the people of God there to help them understand and grow spiritually. If Sunday is technically the first day of the week when you listen to that good sermon it sets the bar for the rest of your week!