Financially Supporting Jesus?


August 13, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Barnabas Dispatch,MDC NEWS & WORLD REPORT,Ministry Report - Update


Did Jesus have financial supporters in His ministry? Who were they? Why did they give? What can we learn today?
Long ago I said this to the Lord. I meant it then and I still mean it now:

“Lord help me to never turn your ministry into a business venture!”

Many people say, “The Apostle Paul made tents for a living!” Guess what?

#1). They were not “tents” but “tallits” “Jewish Prayer Shawls.
#2). He made them when the churches failed to share with him in the matter of giving and receiving.
#3). Jesus modeled to us the correct version of “ministry support” in His own ministry.

Luke 8:2-3 Names of God Bible (NOG)

2 Also, some women were with him. They had been cured from evil spirits and various illnesses. These women were Mary, also called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3 Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod’s administrator; Susanna; and many other women. They provided financial support for Yeshua and his disciples.

Jesus, the very Son of God, the One who walked on water, healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the multitudes, and taught in the synagogues —relied upon “financial support” for Himself and His disciples from those being ministered to, their businesses, business endeavors, portions of their income, etc.

Here is the revelation:

“Jesus never turned His ministry into a business, rather He relied upon those blessed with businesses and incomes to support Himself and those with Him.”

The modern era of “ministries” that are often “fronts for businesses” — is not the model that Jesus instituted, endorsed or recommended. Along the way, the Apostle Paul discovered what most missionaries discover along the missionary journey. That most of the churches entrusted with God’s Kingdom resources are spending them on themselves.

Have you ever wondered why the Apostle Paul said this:

st-paul-the-missionary1 Corinthians 4:7-15 Names of God Bible (NOG)

7 Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn’t given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren’t a gift?

8 You already have what you want! You’ve already become rich! You’ve become kings without us! I wish you really were kings so that we could be kings with you.

9 As I see it, God has placed us apostles last in line, like people condemned to die. We have become a spectacle for people and angels to look at. 10 We have given up our wisdom for Christ, but you have insight because of Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored. 11 To this moment, we are hungry, thirsty, poorly dressed, roughly treated, and homeless. 12 We wear ourselves out doing physical labor. When people verbally abuse us, we bless them. When people persecute us, we endure it. 13 When our reputations are attacked, we remain courteous. Right now we have become garbage in the eyes of the world and trash in the sight of all people.

14 I’m not writing this to make you feel ashamed but to instruct you as my dear children. 15 You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don’t have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Yeshua.

Among the things that the Apostle Paul says here at this point in his missionary life is “To this moment we are hungry, thirsty, poorly dressed, roughly treated, and homeless.” Why is this? It is because the churches, the businesses and the business leaders were not partnering financially by sowing seeds given into their hands by God and entrusted to them for the sending of missionaries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today many ministries have resorted to selling this, and that, or creating a product on the back of poor laborers in order to support the work of the ministry. I don’t believe that this is God’s model of ministry, but man’s model of ministry.

The finances that you have been blessed with are not all yours. This model of ministry is “the hard way!”, “the straight way!”, “the way that makes Abba smile!”, but it’s not a business, it’s Kingdom of God ministry that should be supported openly and plainly. We most show how we are like God, when we give. God is the Giver of all. He gives all of creation, our resources for living, our resource for salvation, Jesus Christ. God gave the life of Jesus Christ, for your life, because God is a giver. Be more like God and less like the world and watch Abba smile on your life, your business, your family, your future.

God has entrusted and is trusting you to be like Him, to be a Giver to the things of God.

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