We began this little series dealing with Stewardship with the thought that the giving Christian gives faithfully. Then we considered the fact that the giving Christian gives compassionately. Then that the giving Christian gives gracefully. Last month we considered the fact that the giving Christian gives proportionately. In this final installment of this round of Stewardship thoughts, we will consider the fact that the giving Christian gives globally.
The promise of Jesus is sure as He says in Luke 6:38, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." With those thoughts, I would like to share with you the fifth and final thought in our series dealing with the fact that the giving Christian gives globally.
The work of Christ on our behalf on the cross of Calvary is an all-encompassing deed carried out to touch everyone, everywhere.
We read in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"For God so loved the world. . ." The world of people; that is every person of every period of time throughout history.
"For God so loved the world that He gave. . ." God's love for us motivated Him to give, and not just to give leftovers or a little, but to give His best as He offered His own Son, His only Son as our substitute on the cross to pay for our sins and be our Savior.
God loves and God gives globally, and this is our inspiration for giving. The giving Christian gives globally, eagerly supporting the worldwide work of Christ. The most spiritually alive Christians I know are those who have a passion for world missions and who back up that passion with generous gifts to the Lord's work.
When Jesus sent out His disciples to declare the Good News of the Kingdom, He told them in Matthew 10:8, "Freely you have received, freely give." And that is exactly what they did, freely giving all that they could in His name. Today, 20 centuries later, that is still the priority as followers of Christ sow the seeds of His truth in order to reap an eternal harvest.