Thursday, January 3, 2013

Why you're not done fundraising

God is sovereign over all things across all time and space. Nothing has happened or will ever happen without His express will. He actively maintains the movements of subatomic particles while purposing the decrees of kings. He submits to no one. He is never caught off guard. He never lacks anything.
Every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
(Psalm 50:10-12 ESV)
The God of whom this is all true has sent you on a mission - a mission that requires fundraising - and this God is also the one who raises the funds you need.

Because He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He could finish your fundraising at any time.

So why hasn't He?

We can't give the specific answer to that, "for who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?" (Romans 11:34 ESV) However, there are some things we can say with Biblical certainty:

It is NOT because...
  • He is unable to do so (Psalm 50:10-12... and basically the whole Bible)
  • He is not good (Psalm 16) 
  • He is not for you (Romans 8)
  • He is disappointed in you (Luke 15:11-24)
  • He has abandoned you (Matthew 28:20)
But we can know that more than anything else, God desires that you know, love and become like Jesus. He will do whatever causes you to meet that end. Therefore, the fact that He is withholding some of your funding is because He is showing you Jesus in ways that you could not learn better any other way.

Yes, there will be many more opportunities to know Christ after your fundraising is "done". Yes, you will grow in your love of Christ every day for the rest of your life. Yes, by God's grace you are more like Christ today than you were a year ago. Yet in some special, custom-made-for-you way, God is using your fundraising to glorify Christ more than all those other ways could do. 

Therefore, in addition to frequently praying to God for the funds you need and asking a mentor/friend to give an honest assessment, humbly ask God to continue this good work in you. Pray that you see this time of fundraising as not just about money, but about becoming like Jesus.

Knowing your Savior more is of greater worth than all the cattle - or funding - on a thousand hills.