Can you believe this year is almost over? Just when I think I’m getting use to 2017, it’s Christmastime. That’s okay though because Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Without the gift of our Savior, you and I would have no reason to be joyful. We must thank God for His unspeakable gift to us. Think about how much God loves to give. I believe we are like Jesus when we give. Did you know there is something therapeutic about giving. It blesses the one who gives and blesses the ones who receive. I can’t say I ‘love’ to go shopping, but it gives me joy to buy those special gifts for the ones I love. I’m sure it’s like that for you as well.
Speaking of giving; we have begun our annual Missions push this month. Our goal is $5000. Don’t be intimidated by that figure, we have until April to meet it. I pray we will blow it out of the water. Please pray and ask God how much you should give from your abundance. Remember if He orders it, He will provide for you out of His treasury. Our faith put into action and it will happen.
Let me give you three reasons why it is important for us to sponsor missions.
1) Giving of our resources honors God. Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your possessions.” Think on this, the source of all we possess comes from the hand of God. He gives to us to meet our needs. So when we return to Him what He has already given to us, it honors Him by our faithfulness.
2) Give generously because the fields are ripe unto harvest. Jesus said in Mathew 9:37 “…The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Our giving sends laborers into the fields. You may not be able to go, but you support others through giving who can go in your place. What they reap, you will also have a part in eternity.
3) Give because it will increase your faith and fruit. Do we truly believe God is able to supply all our needs? Philippians 4:17 says: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.” verse 19: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Remember we take no possessions in this world with us to heaven, but the Bible encourages us to ‘lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven…’ Our giving and service are these treasures.
I remember a story an old preacher told about a young man who came to him and said: “Preacher I’d like to give more but it hurts to give so much.” The wise preacher said, “Son if it hurts to give, then keep giving till it stops hurting.”
As the holidays and New Year approach. I encourage you to commit yourself new and afresh to your Lord in service, giving and attendance. Do a personal evaluation and ask: ‘just what have I sacrificed for Jesus this year? Have I given more, served more? Have I introduced anyone to Jesus Christ this year? Whatever you discover, remember God is gracious. Ask Him to gloriously use you this coming year. Time is short, Jesus could come any day; may we all be found faithful.
Praises to the Lord,