Psalm 23:5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
The other day I was encouraged to see this season my family and I are currently in as a time of abundance as our cup overflows with blessings. However, If you've had a conversation with me within the last few months, chances are you've heard me speak about my struggles with support raising which happens to be the season our family is in as we prepare to move to California to serve the Japanese people.
Unfortunately, I've made the mistake of seeing this season of support raising like the last hurdle in the race. And I've been running so hard for so long that when I finally attempt to get over this last obstacle, my legs give out and I fall straight on my face, disqualifying me from the race.
Fortunately though, I'm beginning to understand that thinking about support raising in this way is simply wrong. Support raising is a God designed idea for ministry (God's work) to happen. This is the idea of transferring one's hard earned resources and treasures to another (who would diligently and thoughtfully use them) for the glory of God. For example, the Levites, Nehemiah, Paul, and even Jesus (Luke 8:1-3), all raised support in order to do the work God had called them to.
Sadly, although the idea of support raising is clearly a biblical one, the principle of support raising is not often (if at all) taught in churches. Instead, we are often taught about earning and deserving as a way of bringing glory to God which is the way I've mistakenly perceived and approached support raising until now.
Now, I'm beginning to learn that support raising is about believing and receiving; especially after experiencing in overwhelming and super-natural ways the generosity of so many who want to obey God's Word and want to make Him look good.
My hearts desire is to simply make Jesus look good as well, but in order to do that, I have to see support raising differently and run the race as to win. Or perhaps, is to prayerfully consider giving more than just 'thanks' in this season of abundance.
Today you and I can enjoy and share the abundance of our lives not because we've earned it or feel we or others deserve it, but because we first believed and received God's overwhelming abundance in Jesus.
Know. Enjoy. Share.