Christians Must be Willing to Support: The Church or Ministry

From the start, “total submission” has been the main thing our God is looking from every individual who are called “followers of Christ.” Our Lord Jesus says in John 15: 6-8; “If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches are gathered up, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples…” (Berean Study Bible). When we come to accept Jesus as our Lord and savior through baptism, we are willing to submit ourselves and commit our lives to the Lord. We know the work of the Lord is to spread the gospel. The “soul-saving message” must be shared to many and the lost souls will have the Hope of eternal life. We certainly would like to see the Lord’s kingdom grow in our area or in different places where there is no church. However, we have to be willing to give “cheerfully” to support the work of the Lord. In the Bible, Apostle Paul graciously thanked the Philippian brethren in Philippians 4:14-18 for their support of the needs and work he was doing. The church at Philippi shared Paul’s burden of the work by sending their help.

 

When we brethren feel the responsibility of sharing the burden by helping the programs of the church, the church can do its work more efficiently and effectively. We have to be reminded again of the principle Jesus said “It is better to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Matthew Henry Commentary says; the opinion of the children of this world, is contrary to this (cheerfully-heartfelt giving); they are afraid of giving, unless in hope of getting. Clear gain, is with them the most blessed thing that can be; but Christ tell us what is more blessed, more excellent. It makes us more like to God, who gives to all, and receives from none; and to the Lord Jesus, who went about doing good. This mind was in Christ Jesus, may it be in us also (http://biblehub.com/acts/20-35.htm).

 

Amie Streater says in his article “Why Give to the Local Church?” saying; “giving to the local church isn’t merely one good option among many. It’s an imperative for every Christian. The problem for most believers is not that they don’t have enough to give, it’s that they’re not wisely managing what they already have so that they can be generous with others. I believe that if we live within our means and give generously both to the local church and to outside ministries, we will have more than enough to meet our families’ needs” (http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2013/spring/why-give-to-local-church.html).

Please take what Jesus said; “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6: 38) The grand characteristic feature of the society of his followers must be generosity. They must be known among men as givers rather than judges. Boundless generosity, limitless kindness to all, saint and sinner – that is what he, the Master, would press home to those who would follow His lead (see 3 John 1:5, 6) (Pulpit Commentary).

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