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Why is tithing important?

The Importance of Tithing
honoring God with the firstfruits of your income

The tithe is 10% of your income, and it should be given to God faithfully. Tithing honors the Scriptural principles of generously providing for religious leaders, giving to those in need, and laying up treasures in heaven.

Throughout Scripture, we are encouraged to give the first part of our resources to God as an expression of honor and gratitude. Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9–10).

Understand the Biblical Basis for Tithing

Tithing is mentioned throughout the Old Testament, particularly when God commissioned the Israeli tribe of Levi to serve by caring for the tabernacle and providing spiritual leadership for the nation of Israel. Since the tribe of Levi was given these two unique responsibilities, God did not assign to them a portion of land (as He had assigned portions of land to the other tribes of Israel), but He instructed the rest of the Israelites to bring tithes of their increase to provide for the priests and Levites. (See Numbers 18.)

In the New Testament, Jesus affirmed the practice of tithing (see Matthew 23:23), and the Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to give to those in need and to those who were ministering in the Gospel (see II Corinthians 9:6–15). When you tithe today, you enable those whom God has called to serve as pastors, missionaries, and ministry personnel to faithfully build up the Church and expand the kingdom of God.

Put It Into Practice

Tithing is one way to worship God—to honor Him as your provider and remind yourself that all of your resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace. As you give away that first 10% of your income, you set your course to honor God in the way you handle the rest of your finances.

  • When to Give

    Consider your pay schedule, and establish a pattern of giving when your resources increase. This habit allows you to regularly remind yourself of God’s faithfulness and to express gratitude to Him by giving to meet the needs of others.

  • Where to Give

    Typically, the tithe should be given to the local church where you worship. These gifts support your pastor and ministry staff members who are actively serving you, and they help maintain the work of the church in your community. As God prospers you and directs you, additional gifts can be given to other ministries that are advancing the Gospel.

  • What to Give

    The tithe is 10% of your gross income. In addition to giving 10% of your monetary income, consider giving God the firstfruits of other resources as well, such as your time (giving Him the first part of your day in a quiet time and taking one day in seven to focus on worship and rest) and energies (investing your gifts and abilities in your church and community).

  • How to Give

    Your motives for giving are important to God. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (II Corinthians 9:7–8). Give with the expectation that God will faithfully supply whatever you need so that you can abound in good works!

Grow in the Fear of the Lord

The practice of tithing provides a regular reminder of your dependence on God. In good times, tithing helps you remember that God is the source of all blessings, and it allows you to demonstrate your gratitude for His care. In hard times, tithing motivates you to remember God’s faithfulness, and it enables you to demonstrate trust in God to provide for all of your needs.

In Deuteronomy 14:22–23, God instructed the Israelites: “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed . . . . of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.” Whatever your current situation, tithing is a key to learning to live in the fear of God.

Store Up Treasure in Heaven

As Christians, we are challenged to set our hearts on what truly matters, not on the frivolous things of the earth. (See Colossians 3:1–2.) Jesus challenged His disciples, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not beak through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).

Giving a tithe and giving beyond the tithe are ways that you can honor God and reach out to meet the needs of others. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

This material is adapted from pages 67–69 of the Men’s Manual, Volume II.

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Mercy Gamido

Tithing is honoring God, giving thanks for his goodness to us, that he owns us. Tithing is showing our gratitude to our God and saviour and and honoring his command faithfully.


Hi. You mentioned the tithe being 10 percent of one's gross pay. At the same time, there are many jobs out there (about 90 percent of them) which deduct the taxes before pay and only give their workers their net pay, what does this mean for them?


Great question! The principle still applies you should tithe on your increase.





just me

I give my 10% of gross income before taxes. Yes most jobs hold taxes out for you and cuts you a check. In the check stub should show gross and net.


I am really blessed and inspired by this powerful scripture on tithing.

l am blessed an...

Thanks a lot. I'm blessed and grateful


Is it still good to tithe even when ur fleah/heart isn't cheerful? I'm trying not to serve two Gods ( God and money) by giving God back what is his (my tithe) but am struggling.


Tithing is obeying the word of God in its fullness. If the word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, if the word of God is true and final to me. If i believe the word of God does not go out and return void, then i should tithe in obedience and enjoy the blessings that go with tithing as recorded in the word of God.


Very helpful. Thank you!

Ann Rockwell

Tithing is on the GROSS amount unless you receive taxes back at tax time and you want to give your other 10% then..I have to pay in so therefore we tithe on the gross amount and God will bless you back in many ways, God has not let me or my family down...I give God the glory...Amen


Thank you for breaking it down in such a simple form. I have been struggling for years on what tithing really is and no one has put it in such a perspective way. Thank you

Allen Cain

I have been studying the subject of giving for some time now and this is what God has shown me. The tithe is 10% of your income. What is you income? If I apply for a job that advertises $15.00 per hour, then my income is $15.00 per hour I work. Many people get hung up on the idea that increase is what you take home. That is simply not true. When you fill out a W4 form for your job, you agree to pay taxes on what you earn. Taxes may be pulled out of your check, but your income is what the company pays you. The company doesn't pay you the net, the company pays you the full amount; the gross. You agree to pay the government, contribute to health care, invest in retirement which all comes out of what you earn which is your income. The principle of tithing from the gross has more to do with putting God first more than anything else. He comes first before the government, before healthcare expenses, before retirement investments, etc... According to Matthew 6:33, when we seek (put) God first, all of our needs will be met. Tithing off of the gross says to God, "You come first in my financial life!"


Quick question: As New Testament Christians, we follow the examples set forth in scripture by Christ and His apostles. There is no precedent set forth in the New Testament for tithing as we practice it today. New converts to Christ were not instructed to give a tenth of any income, or of their crops or flocks, but only to take up a collection "as they have prospered" before Paul arrived in Corinth. 1Corinthians 16:2. None of His disciples paid a tithe to Him. Isn't it true that tithing became popular well after the apostles had all been long gone, after 150 AD? So if tithing wasn't commanded by Christ Himself, and His apostles didn't practice or teach this, why does the modern Christian church teach this doctrine? Wouldn't this be considered extra-scriptural, and a man-made doctrine?

Please understand I'm not wishing to be difficult, but I am genuinely curious about this practice. As far as I understand, not even Jews today practice this, because their instructions were to pay the priests of the tribes of Levi, and the Levitical priesthood no longer exists. That isn't to say they don't give to their temples where they attend, but I don't believe it is called a "tithe."

Thank you in advance for your kind answers. God bless!

Miguel Angel

Even though Jesus doesn't speak directly about giving 10 %, He does confirm in Mathew 23:23 that it is part of what we should do in addition to many other things. Matthew 23:23New English Translation (NET Bible)

23 “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others." In addition to tithing, you must also be a person with a sense of justice, mercy, and faithfulness.

Hope this helps.

Miguel Angel

Michael Winnett

Please give one scripture to support the tithe in the new testament? Another please to support the tithe as a means of financing pastors. By the way what happened to the prophets, teachers, and evangelists?


In the New Testament, Jesus affirmed the practice of tithing (see Matthew 23:23), and the Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to give to those in need and to those who were ministering in the Gospel (see II Corinthians 9:6–15). When you tithe today, you have the potential to enable those whom God has called to serve as pastors, missionaries, and ministry personnel to faithfully build up the Church and expand the kingdom of God.

Christopher Per...

Yes G-d's plan on tithe is clear and undisputed. But how do the faithful givers benefit from their faithful giving as guided by the scriptures that they eat it with the widows, orphans, the needy, and strangers in The Lord's house?

Sure star

Give what Belongs to ceaser to ceaser (govt) and what belongs to God to God (his tithe and offering). And these were words from Jesus him self.

We usually find excuses just because we don’t fee like giving but a giving heart is a sacrificial one.

“They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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