I had a world changing meeting at Cracker Barrel this morning. I had the privilege to sit down with a young couple committed to reaching college students for Christ. Their story was like many other missionaries’. God has called them to make a difference in a specific part of our world, and they are in the process of working full time in their ministry and are looking to identify potential financial backers who will give regularly. They were asking me and my family to pray about becoming a financial and prayer partner. The answer is yes. It is always yes. Why would I say no to a missionary? Old kingdom guys like me are praying for young kingdom guys like them to take up the torch and do the work of Christ.
Old kingdom guys like me are praying for young kingdom guys like them to take up the torch and do the work of Christ.
Like many believers, I have a reserve of money that I give to kingdom causes (church, missions, community) every year. Ultimately, all of my money is the Lord’s, and I look to Him to help me direct my giving to the places He wants me to invest. Though it may not be a big pot of money by some standards, it is enough that I can invest some into a new ministry. The fact that someone would reach out to me and want to share their ministry with me might very well be an opportunity from the Lord!
Even a household with the average American wage should have around $4000 a year to invest in Kingdom endeavors if they tithe, which is a Biblical concept.
$50,000 Annual Gross Income
$10,000 Minus Taxes (20%)
$40,000 Net Income
x 10% A Biblical Tithe (10%)
$4,000 Annual Tithe of Net
I went to a conference a few years ago where there were a lot of national directors for many mission agencies, and they were talking about the greatest needs of the World Christian Movement. The top two they mentioned were: 1) We need workers to go into full time ministry, and 2) We need the Body of Christ to see its responsibility to financially back these workers.
Romans 10:14-15 says it this way:
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Emphasis mine.)
It is time for us, as the Body of Christ, to take seriously our financial responsibility to send these workers to the field that God has called them to. One of the greatest things we do with our finances is to make sure that Kingdom workers have all the resources they need to do God’s work.
One of the greatest things we do with our finances is to make sure that Kingdom workers have all the resources they need to do God’s work.
In this day and age, we honor the military folks who protect us and keep us safe. As a country, we make sure they have all they need to do their job. In like manner, Christians need to make sure that our Kingdom workers (church leaders and missionaries) have what they need to represent Christ to the ends of the earth.
Next time a kingdom worker asks you to meet with them to tell you about what God is asking them to do, say yes. Just meeting with them, in and of itself, will be an encouragement. If they ask you to give, pray about giving to them. Really ask the Lord if He would have you invest a little of His money, which flows through you, towards this worker. We have a great privilege to connect with those who are on the front lines, and we owe it to them to do what we can to send them on their way encouraged that there are people like us who are excited to be involved in the work of the King. Who knows– your partnership might be the most rewarding thing you do with some of your giving this year.