Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fundraising in light of Christ's return

Jesus sent you on a mission.
And Jesus came and said to [His disciples], "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
Your mission is to make disciples of all nations. To accomplish your mission, you do fundraising. Fundraising is part of the mission, but fundraising doesn't become the mission.

Jesus Himself is on that same mission. So while Jesus is very much interested in your fundraising, He's far more interested in completing the mission. His wedding is at stake, after all! (Revelation 19:6-9)

That means that Jesus will return during someone's fundraising - likely many someones. They will be raising funds because Jesus sent them on a mission. But one day, while they're in the midst of raising funds, when they least expect it, He will return. The mission will be over. Their fundraising will be over - even if they never completed it.

Maybe you're one of them.

Let that give you perspective: it won't matter on that Day whether you've raised 9% or 99% of your support. It won't matter if you've been raising support for two months or two years. What will matter is how faithful you have been with the time you've been given. And more than that: since none of us has been as faithful as we ought to have been, what will really matter is the grace of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let that grace refresh you and challenge you as you await the end of your mission.
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20 ESV)