Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:20)
Foolish giving does not glorify God. The needs are too great for us to be wasting resources. Where are the good investments?
God has given you some of His funds to be channeled through you into ministries for His kingdom. How do you know where to give?
There is foolishness out there begging for your money. Satan would love to take money earmarked by God for the work of His kingdom and divert those funds into waste. There are shysters out there; and there are also good people who don’t know how to use God’s funds effectively for the kingdom.
Since we are held accountable for how we use all the resources we have been given, I want all the help I can get for significantly investing God’s money. In 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Paul illustrates for us four qualifications of a worthy ministry to support–four good questions to ask before you invest God’s resources in “ministry”:
1. Do I see a servant’s heart in this ministry?
2. Is there clear proof this ministry exists only to honor God by presenting Jesus Christ and His Word?
3. Is this ministry’s reputation above reproach?
4. Is this a “one-man-deal,” or is there a spirit of cooperation with other people, and with what God is doing in other ministries?
Have you asked these questions of each ministry you support? Where are your spiritual investments?