Part of the job of a missionary is raising support so that we can work on the field. Leon’s job isn’t a paid position, so we have to live by faith asking those we know to partner with us financially. It’s a privilege to do so, really.
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
(Habakkuk 2:14, New King James Version)
God’s ultimate goal for all of us is to have His glory known throughout the entire earth. So whether you yourself are a missionary doing ministry on the field or whether you are partnering with a missionary in their ministry, the earth is being filled with the knowledge of God’s glory.
The other thing that really struck me is that God owns everything. He owns the grass on the fields, the birds of the air, the sheep on the mountainside just as much as he owns the house I live in, the food I eat, and the money I spend.
On the opposite side is the concept of giving. I know the Bible teaches that it is better to give than to receive.
(Acts 20:35, New King James Version)Truly, it is better to give than to receive. There is more blessing when I give. Having grown up in the church, this is something I think I’ve always known–just not believed enough. I need to give more than those I’m giving to need to receive my gift. It takes a certain mindset to think that it’s not selfish to admit that statement, but if God promises a return, then why not? I’ll take that step of faith and sacrifice one take-away meal a week so I can give. It’s encouraging to look back and see how the Lord provided for my own personal needs when I gave to help others.