A favorite Bible verse for church leaders when it comes to giving is Malachi 3:10… “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.”
We like that verse on a personal level, but it is a whole lot bigger and profoundly more important than that. When we give it has the potential to influence the entire world on God’s behalf. And it isn’t limited to “Old” Testament times either. From its beginning the church has been committed to giving. In Acts 2 we find the church sharing as if everything belonged to everyone _ in Acts 4 believers were selling their possessions to help those who were in need _ in Acts 6 the church was distributing food to widows and orphans _ in Acts 15 a council of church leaders met and decided (according to Paul, as recorded in Galatians 2:10) that a primary focus of church ministry would be outreach to the poor. Thus, as we see in passages like Acts 2:47, the church was making a huge difference in their culture and the church was being added to on a daily basis.
That’s all well and good but what about the here and now? Today, the church is still making a huge difference all around the world because givers are giving in the name of Jesus. If all the good things being done in the name of Christ were to suddenly stop the world would be in big trouble. Thousands would become homeless _ hundreds of thousands wouldn’t have decent clothes to wear _ millions would have no food to eat _ hospitals would close _ relief after natural disasters would be reduced to next to nothing _ even more tragic people would never hear about the saving grace of Jesus.
It could be argued that as the church helps those who need help the love of Christ holds the world together. (See Matthew 25:31ff) That is why it is vital for the church (that’s us) to keep giving, to keep loving, and especially to keep proclaiming the great name of Jesus Christ.