March 23, 2023
Supporting Ministries and Ministry Projects
The Apostle Paul - “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
The Bible teaches that we should be generous in supporting ministries And ministry projects. Paul said the following about the Macedonian Christians: “Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, their wonderful joy has overflowed in rich generosity… They begged us again and again for the gracious privilege of sharing in the gift for the Christians in Jerusalem.” (2 Corinthians 8:2-4) In today’s world, it’s difficult to imagine people begging for the opportunity to be generous. However, if they could only see the good that was happening with their gifts, they would often be like the Macedonian Christians, begging to have the opportunity to give.
Here’s one story of some Celebration members who became like the Macedonian Christians. A few years ago, one of our pastors was leading a mission trip to Nicaragua. During that week, he and his team spent most of their time witnessing in homes and delivering boxes of food to needy families. However, one afternoon, their host missionary brought them to a local church where a group of volunteers were cooking in large pots over open air fires. They invited the team to assist them in the cooking. Over the next hour or so, they chopped vegetables, cooked rice, beans, meat, and finally mixed it together with nutrition packets. When the food was ready, around two hundred children, carrying plastic bowls and spoons, gathered in the church. After a time of fun, singing, and Bible stories, the children lined up, one by one, to fill their bowls with food. The missionary said, “These children come to eat once a week. It’s probably the most nutritious meal they eat all week. We have plans to expand it to three times a week. We now do this with ten different churches across the country.” Wiping a tear from his eye, the pastor asked, “Who pays for all of this food?” Smiling, the missionary said, “I pay for this food from the missionary support I receive from Celebration Church.” The pastor knew our church supported the missionary and his ministry, but neither he nor his team had any idea of the impact it was making. Before they left the country, many of those mission team members pledged to give continual support to the feeding station ministry projects.
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY
Ask yourself the following questions, “In what ways do I demonstrate my generosity by supporting various ministries and ministry projects? Do I support missionaries and ministries? Am I willing to give to the 52 challenge in order to help rebuild the Celebration campuses damaged by Hurricane Ida? Are there other ministries I would like to support with my time or with my finances? How can I make this happen?” Then, pray and ask the Lord to guide you in your generosity. If you’re leading your family through this devotion, lead them to answer the same questions above as a family before praying in the same manner as stated above
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord, thank You for Your blessings in my life. Please give me wisdom to know how I need to support various ministries and ministry projects with my time, finances, and resources. In Jesus name, Amen.