“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” Malachi 3:10
Malachi 3:10 is the only place in Scripture where we read that God directly submits to be tested. “Bring a full tithe to the storehouse … and see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you.” Jesus reiterates this concept when instructing his disciples on how to live: “… for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38). This teaching is not given in a vacuum. Rather, it is presented as being an integral part of being a follower of Jesus.
We want to reflect upon these words as we approach our Annual Appeal. Our theme this year, “No Hands But Yours,” emphasizes the importance that each of us is to give. We are to remember this particularly when questions about the perceived needs of a church arise, as they often do during stewardship campaigns. But that is not the question at hand. The better question to ask is Why is giving so important?
The answer is simply this: we are made in the image of God, whose very nature is to give. As such, to give is for us to imitate God. Thus, giving is a spiritual practice.
It is also important to remember that an annual pledge of financial support is not about fulfilling any need of Christ Church Cathedral, but about the direct needs of those whom we serve through our own spiritual practice of giving.
In the coming weeks, it is our hope you will join us in supporting our cathedral ministries with your annual pledge. The dollar amount is not what matters; it is the act of giving that makes the difference in our lives and our community’s life.
We officially begin our campaign on October 20 and conclude on November 17. This year you may choose to either make your pledge online or complete a pledge card mailed to all households in our congregation for whom we have street addresses. If you did not receive a pledge card, and would like one sent to you, contact Kathy Noe.
There are No Hands But Yours to give to the ministries of Christ Church Cathedral.