One of the great principles we observe in all creation is the act of giving. We see this when husband and wife come together in union to form a family. We see it in the field when the farmer gives part of his seeds to the soil in hopes for a greater harvest. We see it when the doorbell rings and the postman or delivery person drops the item we bought, as they give of their strength in working. We see it in the church when the saints give of their time to show up to fellowship and worship.
The church was founded on the sacrificial giving of the Saviour’s life that atoned for our sins and reconciled us to God. The church has been empowered for greater works and ministry through the giving of the Holy Spirit. While Christ is still building His church, there is however an unavoidable responsibility placed on believers to advance the work of the church by giving their time, their strength and finances to sustain and further the work of the church.
The act of giving is expressed in many ways, and while it has a form of cost to it, it also has a greater reward. While it may be of inconvenience in the short-term, it has priority because of the greater benefit to us and others.
According to the Express, “ALMOST 1,000 of the country’s churches are on the “at risk” register as shrinking congregations struggle to meet the repair costs”. We can only wonder what may become of those communities and the generational impact of not having a visible church. But while we are part of a church, let us make it our priority and responsibility to give of our time in attending, our strength in serving, our resources in funding and our voice in sharing the Gospel. The Church of Christ was founded on giving and has been built on the backs of people who have sacrificially given throughout the ages. Let us continue this work as we give and pass on the Good News into the next generation.
“…though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST,and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that THROUGH THE CHURCH THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:8-10)