The Bible asks us to bring our first and our best back to God and He will bless the rest (Leviticus 27:30 Malachi 3:6-10). This first is the tithe, or “tenth” of our income. We return to the Lord 10% of what He’s given us, because it belongs to Him. The tithe is a very practical and tangible way to put God first. The tithe is also a very practical and tangible way to experience God’s faithfulness and build our faith in Him. When we do return the tithe, it unleashes the church to do her ministry and meet the needs of hurting people as the representative of Christ in the world. Any giving beyond the tithe is called an offering or as we like to call it, the “Over & Above”. An offering is not just doing what is required; it is going a step further because of our great love for Him.