The man who begins to tithe will have six genuine surprises:

  1. Surprise at the amount of money he has for the Lord’s work.
  2. Surprise at the deepening of his own spiritual life in paying the tithe.
  3. Surprise at the ease in meeting his own obligations with the 9/10 with God’s blessing.
  4. Surprise at the ease in going on from 1/10 to larger giving.
  5. Surprise at the preparation this gives to be a faithful and wise steward over the 9/10 that remain.
  6. Surprise at himself in not adopting the biblical plan sooner.

(Charles E. Cowman)