Colgate was a tither throughout his long and successful business career.He gave not merely one-tenth of the earnings of Colgate’s soap products;but he gave two-tenths,three tenths and finally five-tenths of all his income to the work of God in the world.
During the later days of his life he revealed the origin of his devotion to the idea of tithing.When he was sixteen years old he left home to find employment in New York City.
He had previously worked in a soap manufacturing shop.When he told the captain of the canal boat upon which he was traveling that he planned to make soap in New York City the man gave him this advice:
‘Someone will soon be the leading shop maker in New York .You can be that person.But you must never lose sight of the fact that the soap you make has been given to you by God.Honor him by sharing what you earn.Begin by tithing all you receive .’William Colgate felt the urge to tithe because he recognized that God was the giver of all that he possessed,not only of opportunity,but even of the elements which were used in the manufacture of his products.
“Give and there will be gifts for you,a full measure,pressed down,shaken together and overflowing will be poured on your lap”. Luke 6:38