In Deuteronomy we read that the purpose of tithing is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is an act of worship and sacrifice that we bring before our Father. In Malachi God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
In so doing, we are reminded that He is the owner of all that we have, and we are only managers. When we look at money and possessions that way, we inevitably look at every other aspect of our life the same way. Each of us sees himself or herself as the person in charge. We begin to think of God as our servant, there to help us from time to time when we call upon Him. Rather, we should see ourselves as God’s servants, ready always to do His will. That is why we call Him Lord, meaning “ruler,” “owner,” “sovereign,” “king.”
This is why giving to God is so important. It reminds us of who He is, who we are, and what our relationship should be to the things He has allowed us to manage in His name.