Is your life worth imitating? It is a loaded question.
I have an associate that expressed to me that she’d like to be like me; so I asked her what she sees in me. She said truth, compassion, authenticity. My response – Wow! Another associate told me that she finds me abrupt and cold; yet, she stated, my words have life in them. My response – Wow! As I thought of what my friends said to me – I know for sure that I want to live a life that imitates and reflects the image of Christ. I want to cultivate a lifestyle that others can emulate; a life marked by my love toward others; a tangible love that people can feel and see. My words and actions should show love.
That means that I am committed to speaking the truth in love; teaching the truths of the scripture; giving to real needs when I can; connecting people to resources that they need; listening; helping; being available to meet the needs of others without regard to what it might cost me – knowing full well that God will replenish anything that is lost by giving to another. Living a life that reflects Christ also means that I will extend to others the same grace that has been so graciously extended to me. And it means that my living will be out loud; such that people will see it and be moved by my living to walk in a like manner.
Giving of ourselves flies in the face of the world’s view of how we should live. We are told time and time again that we must look out for #1. Well, for the believer He is #1; and if we are looking out for Him it means that we will live our lives in a manner that is worthy of His calling; and if we live in a manner worthy of His calling it means that we will give and love.
Walk in the manner of Christ today. Everything you need and want is in Him; so give all that you are away and you will surely walk in His blessing and favor.
“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35)
Prayer. Participation. Provision. Ministry requires all of these. What if every missionary’s testimony was that they had too many people on their prayer team; that they had too many churches that were grooming people to join in the work full time on the mission field; that the money that they are receiving to do the work is coming in too fast?! Lloyd and I were appointed with WorldVenture in 2002 – so I’ve only been a full time missionary for 15 years. In all of that time I’ve never, ever heard even one of these phrases.
Here’s what I do know: the missionaries that I know are some of the most gifted, anointed, talented, innovative people that I have ever known. They are creatively sharing the truth of the Gospel with a dying world and suffering much loss in the process, however, they count the loss as nothing to even mention. They don’t go to the field because of some warm fuzzy feeling that overtakes them – they go because the call of God compels them to go! They are not beggars who come to your church or small group because there is no where else to go — they are sent ones who come to your church or small group because they know that just as they have answered the call to go; the Body of Christ must answer the call to participate by praying, participating and giving provisions.
In Exodus – when the people realized that God had placed among them gifted artisans/skilled people to do the work; they willingly brought their gifts so that the work could be completed – so much so that Moses had to tell them to stop bringing gifts. It would be a beautiful thing if this would happen in the Body of Christ today. The work is not done! Not for those who are sent out – and not for those responsible for sending them.
What would it take for the Body of Christ to support missions in this way?
I don’t know. But my prayer is that it will be so.
The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.” So Moses issued a command, and aproclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more. For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it. Exodus 36: 5 – 7
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Matching Gifts … what does that really mean in the kingdom of God?? It is a question that I have been thinking about because it has come up several times lately. When we macth – are we judging the merits of our giving on the size of another’s gift? Are we saying that we will give to the work of the kingdom ONLY if another pledges to do the same? Are we saying that the work of the kingdom does not, in itself, merit our commitment? I can’t rectify it in my mind. When I give – I give based upon how He has given to me. Whether as an individual or in the name of WorldVenture Ghana – my giving is directly related to my gratefulness to God for the gift of His son Jesus – who is the Christ. Surely we understand that we could never match His gift – but could it be that we really believe that we have the right to withhold resources from a ministry because another does not give? Or even worse, do we think that we must do the work of the Holy Spirit and prompt others to give with the threat that we can do more?
Matching Gifts – as for me, they have no place in my giving for the work of the Kingdom of God. Maybe for some secular cause – but never for the Kingdom. I give to the work of the Kingdom – I give my time, I give my money, I give my Life – because it is because of Him that I AM!!!