Supporting Others in the Ministry

As a pastor I have to admit that there are times when I look at others who are in the ministry and desire to be able to do what they do. For instance, I would love to be able to go on mission trips regularly. I would love to write books. But at this time, I am not able to do so. At first, I was disappointed, feeling like “I wish I could do more.” Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever look at other people and say that you wish you were able to do what they do for the Lord?

I want to share an encouraging word with you from 3 John 8, “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” When I read that, the Lord gave me an “Aha!” moment. While I may not be able to go all over the world and share the gospel, I can support those who do. While I may not be able to get books published, I can give away those books that affect me and in doing so, support those who wrote them.

What am I getting at? If we specifically pray for and specifically give to those who are doing the work of the Lord that we are not able to do, we are, in essence, doing that work with them. We become “fellow workers for the truth.” All of this to say, do all you can where you can. But when an opportunity comes to pray for or give to someone who is going and working where you can’t, take full advantage of that because then you too will be working there with them.

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