“Give, and it will be given to you.” Luke 6:38
The Apostle Paul accomplished his ministry in a variety of ways. We read that sometimes he was obliged to earn money through tent making, while at other moments people provided for his needs so that he was able “devote himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah” (Acts 18:5).
In Philippians 4:10-19, we read about the Apostle’s attitudes. We know that he had learned to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself. He knew how to get along on humble means,and also how to live in prosperity. When Paul received gifts so he could more easily devote himself to preaching and teaching, he was not seeking the gifts themselves, but he sought the credit that others would receive from God because of their gifts. Paul even described some gifts as a “fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Paul encouraged givers that “God would supply all their needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Muslim ministries around the world need funding. International media ministries through radio, Internet, video, literature, and satellite TV need significant funding. Some of these ministries are proclaiming the Gospel to multitudes of Muslims. Often these ministries receive email, text messages, and phone calls from tens of thousands of first-time inquirers and people seeking to become disciples each month.
Traditional “hands on” missions efforts at a local level are still producing fruit around the world as well. In many Muslim contexts, believers have often taken normal jobs in order to gain access into countries closed to the proclamation of the Gospel. Often these believers fill important roles in society through their jobs. Sometimes their work is well remunerated, but sometimes it is not and the workers still need to receive additional funding.
Despite the accusations, which are sometimes made by Muslims, Christian ministries have never adopted a policy of “paying people to convert.” Most efforts to implant new communities of believers in the Muslim world are based on the Three-Self Model. This model encourages every newly established group of believers to be:
- Self-governing: having its own local, indigenous leadership.
- Self-supporting: being able to financially sustain itself and its ministries from its own resources.
- Self-propagating: being able to reproduce itself through establishing new faith communities.
Sometimes circumstances of persecution, economic hardship and natural disasters cause the three-self model to fall short. It is perfectly okay for believers to express solidarity with their brothers and sisters (2 Corinthians 8:1-21).
Prayer and Action Ideas
- “30 Days” encourages its participants to give toward Muslim ministries. Let us all “seek first the kingdom of God” with our finances. You might spend some time actually seeking God concerning how you can give. Pray for increased giving toward Muslim ministries worldwide. Pray for the different aspects of Muslim ministries mentioned in this article using the Scriptures indicated.
Listen to the Podcast – DAY 27 – Giving Receiving