Posts Tagged ‘Consistency


Does The Church Only Want Your Money?

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that he rejoiced over their concern for him. What he was referring to was the financial gifts of support that they sent to him. They had sent one of their own people to bring him financial and spiritual support. This is what he wrote:

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. – Philippians 4:10 (NIV)

When it comes to supporting the work of the Kingdom of God, we need to be consistent in our giving. Christians need to support their local church so that local churches can support missionaries. The local church can only do so much when it comes to ministry without the financial support of its people. Some will accuse the church of only being concerned with money and in some cases that is true. But by and large, most local churches want to use the funds that are given in order to increase the scope of ministry – both home and abroad. We need to be generous, consistent and sacrificial givers to the work of Jesus so that the church can accomplish her mission of making disciples of all nations.

Living Consistently

After asking the Colossians to pray that Paul might be able to communicate the Gospel clearly with those who don’t know Christ, he turns his attention to living a life consistent with the Gospel. He says:

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. – Colossians 4:5 (NIV)

We need to make sure that we don’t harm our message by living inconsistently. If you post hateful things on Facebook followed by messages about how God loves you, that’s not very wise. If you say that you believe in Jesus, but act like He never existed nor taught us how to live, that’s inconsistent. If you tell people to “go to hell” while you’re so confident that you’re going to Heaven, that’s not making the most of every opportunity. We need to live authentically consistent lives that are in keeping with the Savior. Otherwise, we do harm to our witness. People won’t believe in the One who has saved us if we don’t act like we’ve been saved. That is the tragedy of hypocrisy. Let’s live consistently so that we’ll be able to tell people about the love and grace we’ve found in Jesus.

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