One day, I was talking with a friend about Philippians 4:10-20. Paul was not concerned about the money the Philippians gave him, but was concerned about their spiritual blessings. These blessings, or fruit, are increasing to their account because of their financial gift for Paul’s ministry. John takes expands the idea and uses “coworkers” for those who aid a ministry (3 John 5-8). I realized that giving to a missionary was not a good deed, but instead was increasing my influence for Christ as coworkers. Continual giving results in a continual influence and fruit in another part of the world.
- Our initial travels to Japan were largely possible due to individuals who encouraged us, prayed for us, and financially gave to us.
- The men and women who heard the gospel for the first time are fruit on the accounts of those people who gave to send us to Japan.
- God used those trips to call us to Japan, which results in more fruit on their account.
- Our additional training is possible due to individual support and represents more fruit as we put it into practice.
We cannot fight alone either. We are thankful for our armor-bearers, but we need more. We need people to pray. We need people for encouragement and accountability. We need people called by God to give financially. We need people to share in the harvest and spiritual blessings. We are all stewards of God’s money, so how is He calling you to use it?
3 John 5-8 - Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 7 because they went forth for His name's sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become coworkers for the truth.