We are inspired by stories of individuals who give generously but find it hard when the challenge to give is to us and when we are challenged to give to the church. Why should we give and how much should we give? In the Old Testament we read that God commended His people to tithe, to give Him the first tenth of all they produced. Tithing was an acknowledgment that everything belongs to God and that all they had came from God. Tithing expressed a dependence on God and a trust that He would meet their needs even as they gave a tenth of what they had back to Him.
Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of the law and so we know that He would have tithed and given in a way that was acceptable to God. Jesus did not ever teach that tithing was wrong or that it was irrelevant now that He had come. Instead, He calls us beyond a life of rigid compliance with laws and regulations to a life of outrageous generosity in which our giving to God expresses our love for Him and for people, and is built on a deep trust that He will provide for us.
We give so that God's will may be done and His purposes fulfilled. Imagine what God could do if there were a radical shift in our giving.