Ref: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15We welcome you the beloved of God into today’s services. We are happy to see you and thank God for each and every one of you. Our today’s topic is giving to support mission work.
Loosely defined, mission refers to a task or special assignment someone is sent to carry out. Mission is referred as the sole purpose of a church or organization. In our case today, we will refer to God’s mission. God reveal Himself as a mission God. From the Old Testament, we see Him sending different people to carry out His mission on earth. To crown it all, He sent his own son Jesus Christ who not only carried out Christ mission but also set an example of how His followers, the church should do mission. In John 20:21, Jesus says that as my father sent me so I send you. Carrying God’s mission becomes the main and actually the business the church of Christ should be involved in. The church then exists for mission and the church that does not carry out Christ mission is dead.
In 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Paul talks about the importance of supporting mission work. In verse 8, he calls upon them to excel in their giving just as they excel in faith, speech, love and knowledge. He tells them that giving should be intentional for nobody should be forced to give. On the contrary, they should give joyfully out of their love for God and that such giving will be honored by God who will then meet our needs (Philippians 4:9) and make His grace to abound in our lives.
Therefore, let us give to support the mission of Christ as we respond to his direct command to do His mission. Let us know that supporting the mission work is not just part of our responsibility but we exist for this mission and also know that as we participate in God’s mission work, everything we spend will come back in abundance as we read in Luke 6:38—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured to our laps.