Get your checkbook. Look at your accounts online. Do you know the numbers, amounts, or percentages of your financial investments in global missions? Whether it is similar to the widow’s 2 small copper coins (Luke 21:1-4) or the 50%-plus of wealthy Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), we have the incredible opportunity to “make friends” in heaven with our wise and generous financial support of global missions (Luke 16:9).
It quickens the pulse of a person saved by grace to consider the long-term growth potential of a few dollars invested so that a child can be rescued and told about Jesus, a student that has never touched a Bible can study it and become a God-worshipper or an entire people group can be exposed to a family of Christ-followers. The Bible is clear: a healthy understanding of God’s grace prompts a joyful generosity expressed in our giving to the Lord’s work (2 Cor. 8-9). Jesus is more than clear: his teaching is absolutely unsettling about money, faithfulness, investment, and serving mammon (Luke 16:10-13).
In our recent ‘Blessed to Bless’ Missions conference we learned that we have 3 options regarding our response to God’s clear commission to make disciples of all nations. We learned that we can go, send, or disobey. While there is far more to sending than giving, let’s focus on that aspect of sending for a few moments. First, let’s think about global gospel investment strategy and then share a few insider tips about some sizzling opportunities with unlimited growth potential.
What’s your sending investment strategy? Here’s a model that many find both helpful and faithful to biblical principles.
1. Your first and largest portion is invested in your local church. The local church is the engine that drives the machine. It is the mutual fund of gospel ministry where your dollars are used to advance the gospel in a number of ways from paying the heating bill, to providing groceries for an unemployed family, or paying the health insurance for a missionary in another part of the world. Set a minimum percentage of your income that reflects your appreciation of God’s grace and your commitment to the importance of the local church. 10% is a great place to start – it may be too much if your income is small or you are just starting to give; that may be too little if your income is average or above.
2. Another portion is invested in missionaries or ministries that God excites your heart about in a more personal way. While all our giving should reflect sacrifice, perhaps this portion comes from a particular or intentional lifestyle sacrifice for you and your family. This is the $10, $50 or larger monthly support that you send to a missionary or ministry that has become a very real global and gospel extension of your life or family.
3. Start somewhere and determine to grow your investment steadily. Share your strategy with a close friend or your Care Group so they can encourage you.
Here are 5 insider tips for global gospel investing that will guarantee the rewards of friends meeting you in heaven: (1) Paul & Geri Briggs; (2) Dana & Adela Gottfried; (3) Sarah Menefee; (4) Tonya Small; (5) Ryan and Kristen Vess. While KSBC partners with several missionaries and ministries worthy of your support, these five are currently facing shortages in their financial support. These gospel servants are worth your prayerful and sacrificial consideration. Contact the church office or these individuals directly to see how you can get in on these powerful opportunities.
What eternal impression will your earthly giving generate in terms of connecting lives with the transforming message of God’s love in Christ Jesus? Look at your numbers. Evaluate your short term stuff. Increase your eternal risk tolerance. Increase your joy and satisfaction in the God who is seeking more global worshippers. Blessed investing!