I believe that everything that i have and that i am belongs to God, absolutely everything!!! The only way we can show appreciation is by thanking God and keeping his word. The bible in Malachi 3:8-10 talks about paying our tithes and offerings and that not doing so implies that we are robbing God.
Our tithe is 10% of our income. You can give higher than that to God. I believe it takes someone with great faith and a deep understanding of God's word to do so. I know that there are times when we calculate our budget and tithe is last on the list and sometimes we push it forward to the following month because there are so many expenses. I am honestly speaking from experience and am sure it must have happened to some of us.
Our tithe should be treated with utmost respect for God, It is a covenant with God even though you give it in your church. When i was much younger i used to wonder if God will appear in the night and take the tithe from the church to heaven. But now i have come to understand that God does not need our money! For crying out loud, the streets of heaven are lined with gold, he created the heaven and the earth with his hands so what does he need from us that he doesn't already have?
God wants us to keep to his word and and also to be obedient to his commandments. So if you are reading this blog and you have not been paying your tithe, or you pay anything less than 10%, its not too late to change your ways. There is always a reward for obedience as well as disobedience....