World Missions: Give Radically

Philippians 4:14-19 NIV - Yet it was good of you to share [financially] in my troubles. [in advancing world evangelism as a missionary] 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

The word of God and people…  What is immediately different about these from all other things?  Aside from some obvious differences, there is one significant difference that needs to be highlighted.  These are the only two things on earth that Scripture features prominently in Heaven.  Not our homes, cars, properties, or possessions.  Not our diplomas and degrees.  Not our hobbies, arts, crafts, photos, etc.  Not our money or investments.  Not our jobs.  The word of God and people — these have a definite and prominent place in Heaven. Shouldn’t money flow to that which promotes eternal importance!

Though God gives us all things richly to enjoy, consider this:  Where can you spend or invest your money that could be more important than giving to the cause of spreading God’s word and evangelizing lost people?  Nowhere.  When you give in ways the world thinks is “radical”, how does God view it?  Whereas others’ can prioritize Disneyland passes, multiple car payments, weekly shopping binges, trips to liquor stores, or any number of other places to which they give their money, why should you be ashamed of giving to that which pays eternal dividends?  Giving to further the word of God - locally and globally - is simply financing God’s mission.  Giving to advance world evangelism - particularly in unreached or under-reached people groups - is financing God’s mission.  

God considers our use of money to be a form of worship as well as something He will reward.  Consider the Philippians’ support for Paul’s missionary work.  Scripture teaches that their financial support of his missionary/church planting efforts were sacrifices and offerings that pleased God!  Perhaps as importantly, the prophetic promise followed their worship through financing God’s vision… the promise that God will meet all needs according to His riches in glory.  God is the ultimate Giver.  His people are like Him when we give to what matters to Him, especially promoting the word of God and the salvation of lost people.  

Will you ask God about intentionally increasing your financial support of His mission and vision to help rescue lost people?  Will you lay up treasures in Heaven by investing in the promotion of the word of God to all nations?

1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV - Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.