What shall we eat? …. or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? …. Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God….
Dedicated, full-time gospel workers will often experience financial hardship and even poverty as they labor to promote the richer treasures of Christ rather than the mammon of this life. While time and talents should be fully invested for the furtherance of the kingdom of God, money is necessary to live in this world. God is well aware of this reality and will not forget His servants in their time of need. Ministers of the gospel must be willing to suffer while maintaining a steadfast faith that God has promised to provide those necessary things. In times of difficulty, our trust must rise beyond the present need in acknowledging that God has a higher purpose and plan.
The words of Paul in Philippians 4:11-13 should challenge us all: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” God has proven His love and care and will not forsake you if you stay faithful to His cause and live for His glory.
Faith does not negate other principles of stewardship. Regardless of income, it is still incumbent for the ministry to practice sound financial stewardship. Ministers should save for the future just as everyone else yet without placing trust in those uncertain riches. Do not fall prey to the idea of spending all extravagantly today expecting God to take care of tomorrow. God may be blessing you especially today so that can save money and have something to eat next month.
God, as our heavenly father, knows the problems you face and the financial concern you may have for your family’s welfare. Keep your faith fixed in Christ and do not compromise your call to preach the gospel for the material things of life. God will be faithful to His Word and will minister to you as you have need.