3 John 5-8

18 Oct

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.3 John 1:5-8 

Dear God, it can be difficult to know when it is time to stop supporting a ministry or missionary. It’s easy to make the decision to start supporting something, but how do you know when that calling might be over? 

I am in an interesting position b cause I raise money for a nonprofit where we rely on repeat donors. In fact, our whole fundraising plan is built more around repeat donors than finding new ones. But I start to worry about donor fatigue. Are we still communicating our work to the donor? On our end, are we living up to what the donors think they are supporting?

Then there are the missionaries and nonprofits my wife and I support. Are we doing a good job of evaluating that support? Do we continue some of them solely because we are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings or are we legitimately giving because it lives up to the spirit of this passage?

Father, help me to see my fundraising and my giving with fresh eyes. Help me to feel what you have for me in the joy of both giving of my resources and serving you. Be glorified through my charity and change the world through every facet of my life. 

In Jesus’ name I pray,


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Posted by on October 18, 2017 in 3 John


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