As a fundraiser in my day job, I’m always interested in unexpected references to giving.
Today, I was reading a wonderful article on worship from John Wimber. After recounting his wife Carol’s experience in the early days of the Vineyard, he goes on to teach about five phases of worship. I was amazed to see the fifth, in some ways deepest phase, was this:
The fifth phase of worship is the giving of substance. The church knows so little about giving, yet the Bible exhorts us to give to God. It is pathetic to see people preparing for ministry who don’t know how to give. That is like an athlete entering a race, yet he doesn’t know how to run. If we haven’t learned to give money, we haven’t learned anything. Ministry is a life of giving. We give our whole lives; God should have ownership of everything. Remember, whatever we give God control of He can multiply and bless, not so we can amass goods, but so we can be more involved in His enterprise.
Whatever I need to give, God inevitably first calls me to give it when I don’t have any of it – whether it is money, love, hospitality, or information. Whatever God wants to give through us He first has to do to us. We are the first partaker of the fruit. But we are not to eat the seed, we are to sow it, to give it away.
The underlying premise is that whatever we are is multiplied, for good or for bad. Whatever we have on our tree is what we are going to get in our orchard.
As we experience these phases of worship, we experience intimacy with God, the highest and most fulfilling calling men and women may know.
I recommend reading the entire article. You can find it at the Vineyard Boise’s site.