“You must set aside a tithe of your crops–one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship–the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honored–and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the LORD your God.”
Deuteronomy 14:22-23, NLT
The Bible makes the purpose of tithing very clear–to teach us to fear the Lord and to put him first in our lives. We are to give God the first and best of what we earn. For example, what we do first with our money shows what we value most. Giving the first part of our paycheck to God immediately focuses our attention on him. It also reminds us that all we have belongs to him.
Making a habit of regular tithing will keep God my top priority. Tithing gives me a proper perspective on everything else that I have. Giving first to God makes what remains the blessing and strangely it always seems to be exactly what I really need. Applying the tithing principle in business ensures that God is a priority there as well.