Churches that are listening for God’s voice, are being given assignments that they cannot finance through traditional methods.
If your church is anything like most churches, in the past your church has financed the work that God has called it to do through jumble / rummage sales, sponsored events, ticketed events, cake sales and so on. But things have changed. The sort of money that these type of things bring in, is no longer going to be enough to get the job done. For example, God has set my church an assignment which will cost in the region of £500,000, plus ongoing running costs. This is not the sort of money that is going to be raised by any of the events mentioned above. The only way to be able to acquire this sort of money, is by trusting in God to supply. The church that I attend is not unique, this sort of thing is happening all over the Body of Christ. Churches that are listening for God’s voice, are being given assignments that they cannot finance through traditional methods. Up until now, God has put up with our attempts to raise money, He has even blessed our efforts as much as He could, but it has never been His best. God’s best is for us to stop trying to figure out what we can do, and start finding out from His Word what He can do.
Why is it that when God gives us an assignment, we think that we are going to have to finance it?
Let me quote from the J.B. Phillips translation of 1 Corinthians 9:7, “Just think for a moment. Does any soldier ever go to war at his own expense?“. The idea of a soldier having to pay for his own equipment is ridiculous – “Please buy my cupcakes; the army has given me a gun, but I need to buy the ammo, otherwise I’ll be defenseless when I head off on assignment next month! If I raise enough money, I’ll even be able to get some body armour….” – so why is it, that when God gives us an assignment (I am talking about churches here, but this applies on a personal level too), we think that we are going to have to finance it. Yes, God can supply through us, but it is not our responsibility to figure out how to acquire the money, anymore than a soldier needs to work out how to finance purchasing a tank, or a pilot an aircraft. This sort of thinking is not going to work anymore. We have moved into a time, when, if we do not rely on God to supply, the things which He has called us to do are not going to get done. But of course we can rely on God, because Paul said in Philippians 4:19, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus“. There are no ifs, buts, or maybes. When we trust God and look to Him, rather than our own efforts, He shall supply.
We must not be afraid to sow what may seem like a significant sum of money.
I am not saying that there is no longer any place for the traditional methods of raising money, they may or may not still be able to be used – I cannot speak for every situation. But when we are talking about big sums of money, the best that we can do through traditional methods is to raise seed for the sower. However, if we do employ these traditional methods (and if you are led by God to abandon them altogether, just go with it!), then we must have the mentality that we are not going to be able to raise enough money in the natural to do what God has called us to do. So either God is going to have to multiply the money raised, and / or the money raised must be sowed as God directs. We must not be afraid to sow what may seem like a significant sum of money, but which falls far short of what is actually needed. The world says, that if you make some money, hold onto it; but if the boy had held onto his lunch, the five thousand would not have been fed. Likewise, we are not going to achieve what God wants us to do, by holding onto the money that comes into our hands – unless God directs us to do so. We cannot do things partly the world’s way and partly God’s way. The two methods are completely opposite of one another. The world says to hold onto the money, God says to give, or to sow, the money.
We should be looking to the Word and not to the world.
In Genesis 26, we read of how Isaac experienced a famine and was considering going down to Egypt, but God told him to stay put and he would be blessed. The application for us today is that we should not go to Egypt (which is symbolic of the world) for what we need. Instead we should be looking to God to supply, we should be looking to the Word and not to the world. God then instructed Isaac to sow, and Isaac received a hundredfold return. God is no respecter of persons – what He did for Isaac, He will do for us. Jesus speaks of the hundredfold return in Mark 10:29-30, “There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life“. This is God’s way of doing things and it produces far greater returns than any investment plan that the world can offer.
The problem has never been God’s lack of willingness to supply.
Many people have the image of a church taking up an offering to pay for a leaky roof, but it is not supposed to be like that. What sort of image does that portray of God to the outside world? A God who paves His streets with gold, but cannot or will not even give His people enough money to repair their church roof! Of course in reality, the problem has never been God’s lack of willingness to supply. It has only been our stubborn determination to do things our own way, rather than trusting him to supply. In his book, The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis said, “Oh sons of Adam, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good“. Let me bring this down to a more personal level. God has many channels through which He can supply the finances for what He has called your church to do. But do you know what His preferred channel is? It’s you! God’s primary method has always been to supply through His people (see Exodus 35 as an example). So start giving into whatever your church is doing, start giving into other ministries as God directs you, and when you do, believe and confess to receive the hundredfold return. As you repeat this cycle, you will become more and more blessed and be able to provide more and more of what your church needs. Oh and just one final thought: do not forget to tithe.
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