I truly believe that the way that you handle your money is an indicator of how healthy your spiritual life is. I believe that the way you handle your money will determine how you handle true riches. Look what Christ said in Luke 16:11. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? That being said, how does one learn to give to missions? Well, let me tell you my journey and how I learned to give to missions.
When I was just a child I was never really given an allowance, but there were jobs that I did with my grandparents, like pulling weeds, mowing lawns, and walking dogs that allowed me to earn money. It was when I was a child that my parents taught me the importance of tithing. I know that the New Testament doesn’t teach that we are required to tithe, but everyone has to start somewhere. So, I was taught the importance of tithing. My mother showed me a dollar and how a dime was what I should tithe to the Lord. That was when I was kid.
But as I grew older and got “real” jobs, I was never really taught about missions giving. I knew my parents gave to missions, but that is as far as it went. When missionaries came to my church I would put some money in when I was asked for a special love offering. I remember one time a missionary couple visited our church, and their kids were with them. They mentioned that their kids couldn’t get jobs due to deputation, so they did sold ties. I didn’t wear a tie at the time, but I still bought two ties. I gave them the money and left the ties. But that is as far as it went.
It wasn’t until I was older, in my twenties, that I was shown from the life of someone else what giving looked like. This person was transparent and spoke about the subject. This conversation wasn’t a sermon; it was personal. They sat with me outside of the church service and talked about giving. They challenged me to give in a methodical and systematic way, not only to the church but also to missions. The encouraged me to give a percentage of what I made to see the Gospel spread across the world.
They challenged me from God’s word to give even though I was extremely limited in the resources that I had. They showed what God did with that money, and from that moment, I was hooked. I couldn’t give enough money away. It was awesome. It wasn’t much, but I knew it was going to something bigger than myself. My uncle once told me a truth about money: you can always make more of it. And that truth has really helped me not to get too attached to money. Today, missions giving in my own family is huge to us. And it was all because of people explaining to me and challenging me to give to something so awesome like getting the Gospel where it isn’t so accessible.
I want to challenge you to give to missions through your local church. It truly is God’s work. Whatever you are giving up, ask God to care for you and see what happens. As you begin to see God work, teach the ones younger than you how to give. Teach them that money isn’t a good master. Show them in your life how you give. Be transparent; let the younger ones know why you give and teach them how to give. We need the older generation to teach the younger ones how they can play a part in seeing this world reached with the Gospel. We have resources and the command; we just need to be taught.