I just started reading the book “Revolution in World Missions” and I feel I’ve found so much purpose! My eyes have been opened!! God had me reading the parable of the 10 minas today as well (the parable of talents). My eyes were opened to a new interpretation of those scriptures. The verses talk about how a king went away to a far country and entrusted different sums of money to each of 3 servants. It goes on to tell how those that invested it were rewarded and the one who didn’t was punished.
HERE’s the revelation…
The church in the West has really missed the interpretation and the SPIRIT of these verses. Some, myself included, have really even taken it literally to mean investing the money so that we can tithe more. That is good, but it doesn’t even begin to touch on what Christ was getting at!! The PRIORITY is investing it into PREACHING the Gospel!! (Missions!) THAT is the investment that will reap rewards from the master!! NOT INVESTMENT IN STOCKS, BONDS, CHURCH BUILDINGS, ETC.!!!
We, in these United States, have been given much. And we are asked to invest much DIRECTLY INTO PREACHING THE GOSPEL. That can take many forms, but as this book tells about, for the price of one $74 million dollar church we could LITERALLY EVANGELIZE an ENTIRE state in India!!
Does God CARE about our church BUILDING?!?!?!!!????
Or does he care about the 40,000 people who die in India each day going to hell without hearing the Gospel.
We need to get the priorities right.
I’ve been trying to pay off all my debt so that I can give more to God from what I actually have. That is a noble goal.
But I don’t want to wait until then. Lord, give me the ability to give NOW!!!! There are people dying TODAY!!!!
With the help of God, from this day forward I would like to give 15% of what He gives me to the cause of world evangelism. Please give me guidance Lord, to adhere to this as you give me grace, and not to legalistically stick to it and lose the vision. It is Your money, Lord.
I hope this post inspires you to read that book, Revolution in World Missions. It is FREE (Yes, REALLY FREE the way the Gospel should be spreading!) by going to Gospel For Asia’s website.