I do believe that prayer and financial giving are essential to a church missions program being successful. But before a church can be “successful” at missions, we, as church members, must be willing to be used by God. For the missions program of the church to be prosperous, we need to do three things.
First, have a faith that is obvious (Acts 11:24). Barnabas was full of the Holy Ghost. And when you are full of the Holy Ghost, you will have a song in your heart, a thankful spirit, and a submissive spirit. Then your faith will be obvious.
Secondly, we need to have a spirit that is contagious (Acts 11:26).
Thirdly, we need to have power with a purpose (Acts 11:23).
Our church missions program can reach more souls for Christ and send more missionaries around the world if we would pray, give, but also put our faith into action. Develop a spirit of missions which is contagious and have a strong, purposeful heart toward missions.
John W. Gardner, founding chairman of Common Cause, said it’s a rare and high privilege to help people understand the difference they can make – not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of others, simply by giving of themselves.
Gardner tells of a cheerful old man who asked the same question of just about every new acquaintance he fell into conversation with: “What have you done that you believe in and you are proud of?”
He never asked conventional questions such as, “What do you do for a living?” It was always, “What have you done that you believe in and you are proud of?”
So let me close by asking, “What have you done that you believe in and you are proud of?”
What to do:
✞ Pray for our missionaries: Frank and Jennie Maietta to Italy; and Travis and Sarah Medeiros to Hawaii.
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