A Healthy Churches Gives
In Acts, we see the birth of the church and the incredible move of God in the hearts of people. In the very beginning, we see the church being irrationally generous. Their faith is so extraordinary that they share everything they have.
Healthy churches give. I love Pastor Robert Morris’ idea that the verb of the entire Bible could very well be “give” instead of “love.” Because at the heart of the Gospel, we see that God so loved the world that He gave. When we give we are most like God. This kind of generosity in healthy churches is not about resources but about the heart It’s a shift from thinking “our” church to “His” church and from “our” resources to “His” provision. Healthy churches make the decision to give based on the needs they see, not the costs they project.
In giving churches, needs are met, both for believers and for those far from Christ. There is joy and fellowship. People outside the church are attracted to the church. Children without permanent homes would have families. The underprivileged and under-resourced would have the support and resources they need.
As you read today’s passages, let the words “give” and “gave” jump off the page.
Acts 20:35 KJV
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Acts 2:44-47 KJV
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.