Way too often, people have an inaccurate preconceived notion of missions. They have the idea that the preacher is going to stare them down and by guilt, force them to give more of their money to the church. This is entirely the opposite approach to missions that we find in the Bible.

In the third chapter of the book of Colossians, we find that we are to set our affection on things above. We then are reminded that those that have trusted Christ as Savior are to put off the old man and put on the new. Everything we do should be done in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God. The chapter concludes with the promise that the Lord Himself will reward us with an eternal inheritance for our obedience. The last words of the chapter are "...and there is no respect of persons."

As pastor of this church, I only want God's best for you and your family. For weeks you have been asked to pray about what God would have you do for world-wide evangelism through missions. I will never know what you have purposed in your heart, but I do know that "God loveth a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) The goal is not money, it is obedience. When you are giving to missions you are not giving to the church, you are giving through the church.

My pastor, Ralph Benfield, once said, "Our potential is God's expectation for our life." When we obey God, there is an excitement in watching what God is doing.

Saved to Serve,
Pastor Darrell Roe