I preached yesterday to the church from 2 Corinthians 9, Paul's passage on giving and the blessings of participating in it. And that's the point of the blog entry today. Giving is participating.
In what are you participating? Giving is participating in ministry. Some can't go or physically do what others can do. But giving is still participating in ministry because it makes possible the participation of others.
Our church sent a crew to Galveston Island this past summer to work with kiddos who are severely disadvantaged and have some significant emotional and relational needs. We had 2-3 of our crew that didn't have the money to go because of their own family situation. The church jumped in and put together about $600 in about 6 minutes and had the rest of the situation covered. Anyone and everyone who gave to that trip and allowed those kids to go essentially went with them.
From the text on Sunday, when you give you are "abounding in good works." When you give, you are "sowing." It is a "ministry of service that supplies the needs of the saints." All powerful participation principles.
Giving is, in its own right, ministry. I'm grateful to God that He saw fit to provide a way for a broad swath of people to participate in ministry. That's what giving does, broadens the participatory strata.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...