THE SERVANT GENERAL
"Funding the Mission"
November 13, 2010
Today’s reading: 3 John 5-8
In today’s short letter, John appeals to Gaius
to support missionaries in their work. This is something
that could very well be addressed to each and every
is an evangelistic and missionary community. Our
work is to bring the gospel of salvation to the
ends of the earth, as is the commission of Jesus
to his disciples (Mk 16:15). We exist to evangelize
and to do mission. Every CFC-FFL member is an evangelizer.
In addition, we send out missionaries who go to
places other than their own hometowns or countries
in order to expand our work.
we have missionaries in Africa and in Latin America.
We actually could do so much more, as there are
very many opportunities open to us, but our hindering
factor is the lack of money. That is such a shame.
This divine work, this mission of bringing the Lord’s
salvation to others, this great privilege given
to us, is something we are unable to do to the fullest
because of such a mundane thing as money.
But if God called us to do mission, would we not
expect Him to provide for our needs? Indeed, whenever
there is an authentic call of God, He will provide
for what is needed. So where is the money? Why has
God not provided? Well, God has already provided,
and the money is already there, but it remains in
the wallets and purses of our brethren.
is not enough money for mission because of the selfishness
of people. No, it is not just selfishness. It is
outright theft of what belongs to God. And so it
is that God through the prophet Malachi accused
His people of robbing Him (Mal 3:8).
What should we do, if we are to be authentic disciples
of Jesus, if we are to live out our calling to be
a missionary community? Well, let us heed John’s
words to Gaius.
We must be faithful to God and to His call to
mission. “Beloved, you are faithful in all
you do for the brothers” (v.5). “All
we do” includes our financial support.
must assist our community in providing for the
resources needed for our missionaries to continue
with their work, and in fact to expand our missionary
force. “Please help them in a way worthy
of God to continue their journey.” (v.6b).
God is the one who raised CFC-FFL, and is the
one who sends forth our missionaries. But God
depends on us to cooperate in this sending by
providing the means.
must appreciate and be thankful for the work and
sacrifices of our missionaries. They are a special
breed of disciples. They are brethren who have
given their all for the cause of Christ and hold
nothing back. “For they have set out for
the sake of the Name” (v.7a). We must be
cognizant of their work and keep them always in
that we ourselves might not have the opportunity
or the personal situation that allows us to become
such missionaries, we can still participate in
mission through our financial support. In the
mystery of God’s ways, we then become co-workers
with these missionaries. “Therefore, we
ought to support such persons, so that we may
be co-workers in the truth.” (v.8). Imagine,
for giving what belongs to God anyway, while remaining
in the comfort of our homes, we can actually participate
in our missionary work!