Denny answers:We give to God because we are thankful for all that He has given us.
Tithing is giving back to God a part of the gifts He has given to you. Usually, people tithe by giving their church a portion of the money they make at their jobs or by doing chores for their parents. In the Old Testament times (before Jesus was born), people were required to give 1 dollar out of every 10 dollars that they made. God no longer expects us to give this exact amount. Some people should give more money and others need to give less. It depends on how much money they have and how much it costs for them to pay for a house, clothes, food, and other needs.
The reason God wants us to tithe is so that we can help our church give food or money to other people who don't have enough. We should tithe to help pay for the costs of running our church and to help pay for the needs of our pastor and his family. Tithing also gives money to missionaries so that the Gospel of Jesus can be shared all over the world.
Go back to:
- "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made" (1 Corinthians 16:2).
- "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).