James 1:22 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
As Christians we pray, we read, and attend Church on Sundays, but now it’s time for real ministry. It is time we begin to truly support each other through selfless commitments. The plan of God is for us to bring the gospel to the world, but are we ready to do just that. I have yet to see Christians standing strong for their faith and establishing themselves in the land. It is good that we gather together on Sundays to worship, but how many of us are without jobs in the Church, how many of us are unable to kick start that business. I would say quite a few.
Speaking to Christians over the past few years I have come to understand some of the reasons we are failing to keep our young men and women in the Church, and one of those big reasons is a lack of incentive. If we are unable to provide for the needs of our people how can we encourage them to continue support the kingdom. Every Sunday we put offerings in the plate, but how many of can really afford it. Yes we are willing to give, but an enemy is in our pockets.
The Church most now turn from its traditional message of preaching and start paying attention to the needs of the people. It is time for us to start bearing fruits producing and preparing our young men and women for the future. We need to encourage and promote business adventure and putting our support behind it. As a Church we need to give more, but we can only do so when we are able to equip our members properly, but how can we support our members if we don’t know who they are.
As pastors, let us get to know our members, survey our people getting to know their skills and abilities; encouraging them to start up their own business ventures and support and promote them. The long term benefits will bring rewarding results.
- No more working on the weekends. If we have more Christians owning and operating successful businesses and hiring members of their Church and of their faith, how often would we see those individuals in Church.
- How much more would they be able to give to the kingdom of God if they were able to rest in the confidence of every member of the Church
- How often would they be able to support those wonderful outreach programs helping with the advancement of the gospel
Think of all the benefits Christian businesses would bring to the kingdom of God
(2 Corinthians 9)
Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God; 13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution to them, and to all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. (Visit http://www.miepost.com/)