Why We Support Missions

Many people cringe when they hear that it's time to take up a missions offering. It seems like one more reason to give money that they really don't have. And why should they give money to help people they've never even met in a country they'll never even visit?

Not our family and not our church. We are very missions-minded and not just because my in-laws are missionaries to Mongolia. (That's just an added blessing.) God's Word is incredibly clear about why we're left here on earth after we get saved and not taken directly to Heaven.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

I don't know about you, but I am not physically able to go into all the world. We are not all called to travel to another country or spend most of the year traveling around our own country. Each of is given a path by God to follow and we are to support those called to paths different than our own.

And this means supporting missions financially. Those who have been called into all the world desperately need our help - think about the financial situation in our own country and multiply that exponentially around the world. When our support decreases, it snowballs down to our missionaries.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:13-15

If we are giving money on a regular basis to the local church for missions, we are able to provide a preacher to a place that wouldn't hear the Gospel otherwise. I don't know your church's giving, but if we give just $6 a week to missions, each family can support a missionary for an entire year. Take that amount times two or three and you could support missions work in several places all around the world.

The feet of our missionaries are beautiful because they are willing to go places we can't and talk to people that are longing for God's Word. How will those people hear about the love of God and the message of salvation until we loosen our purse strings and be just as missions-minded as Jesus was?

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

I'd like to be part of that power, having some small part in sharing the Gospel with people I may never meet in a country I may never visit. Some may find that a waste of money, but isn't it God's money to begin with? What better way to put His rewards to good use than spreading His Word around the world?


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