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Cathedral Missions:
A personal Involvement
Mark 16:15 . . . “and preach the good news to all creation.”

“Because of the proof given by this ministry they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all.” (II Corinthians 9:13)
For the disciple of Jesus Christ, there are two options in the area of missions: to go or to stay. Going doesn’t make us spiritual, nor does staying. Spirituality comes out of obedience to God’s specific call to each believer. Whether God calls us to go or to stay, He has called each one of us into a personal involvement in missions. This article is written to those whom God has called to stay.

The context of II Corinthians 9, finds Paul making an appeal for the church in Jerusalem due to a famine in the land. A Paul describes his appeal for this offering, we can see several significant points which relate to a personal involvement in missions. We see in verse 5 that the gift is described as a bountiful gift which is not affected by covetousness. A freedom comes to the believer when we realize that we are not owners of what we possess. Instead, God has made us stewards of all that we have: “ . . . freely you received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

In verse 6, Paul tells us about the principle of sowing and reaping. If we sow little, we reap little but he who sows much shall reap much. As we do give to missions, it must be done with a cheerful attitude. The God of Provision has no need of “tips.” I recall a story of a friend who was a missionary in Guatemala. A package full of items for the missions was opened and inside, the eager missionaries found clothes with holes in them. As they continued to search through the items, they also came across a used tea bag. American Christians gave out of guilt with a grudging attitude – they gave, but there was no joy in giving.

God gives grace in order that “you may have an abundance for every good deed.” God gives prosperity to His children in order that they may be able to financially support the work of the Lord! There is such a great blessing in being able to make an investment in missions. Verse 11 tells us that we will be enriched! Paul expands this thought in Philippians 4:17, “not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account!”

The consequence of a personal involvement in missions is two-fold according to verse 12:
1) The needs of the saints are fully supplied, and 2) There are many thanksgivings to God. What a joy it is to be an answer to a missionary’s prayer. The thanksgiving of the saints is the incense that fills the throne room of God, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God desires that we would be vessels that render a habit of thanksgiving unto Him!

Paul summarizes his thoughts in verse 13. He submits to the Corinthians church the proof of his ministry as his reason in asking for their involvement in missions. Because of the obedience of the Corinthian church, the Jerusalem church will be able to glorify God for His provision through them. When a gift is given, a bond is established in the heart. The giver has made an investment into the Kingdom of God! They have the assurance that moth and rust will not destroy and neither will thieve break in and steal. And because they have invested their treasure in missions, the heart will be there also, (Matthew 6:19-21). The recipient of the gift has the awesome responsibility to be a wise steward of the provision. They must continually remember that the heavenly provision has been given in faith. Their heart is bonded to the giver as they appreciate the trust and love, which motivated the giver to give.

Do you have a personal involvement in missions? Your support of Cathedral puts you on the cutting edge of what God is doing in the world today! Would you be a part of His mission? We are building a Bible College that is training men and women for ministry. Already in Africa, the Caribbean, and other areas we are opening other schools and starting churches. Join Cathedral Missions in the mission that we have been assigned.

If you are a person of vision; then, join the Vision with a monthly check of support: Cathedral Missions, P.O. Box 2160, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29578-2160
 
 

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