Invest in Eternity Through Your Giving
“We must support believers who go on trips like this so that we can work together with them in spreading the truth.” (3 John 1:8 GW)
God wants us to use some money to take the Good News around the world. We invest in eternity every time we use money to bring others to Jesus.
When you save to go on a mission trip, that’s an investment in God’s Global Fund. When you help others go on a mission trip, that’s an investment in God’s Global Fund.
This also includes using your money to encourage your friends to trust in Jesus. Luke 16:9 says, “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home” (NLT, second edition).
Imagine when you die and get to Heaven, your friends will welcome you there and say, “Thank you for investing in me. I’m in Heaven because of you! I’m not your friend for life; I’m your friend for eternity. I’m in Heaven because you cared enough. You bought me a Bible. You bought me a ticket for an event. You gave me a Christian book.”
Others will say, “You spent your money to help spread the Good News to my village, even though you’d never seen us before. Because you gave, I’m now a follower of Christ. I’m in Heaven because of you!”
Helping others find Jesus is the highest use of your money. How will you invest in God’s Global Fund? Will you go on a mission trip or provide funds so someone else can go on a mission trip? Will you give so that your friends will hear about Jesus?
Talk It Over
- What are some sacrifices you can make so that you can give more to God’s Global Fund?
- What do you think it means to use your money to help your friends trust in Jesus?
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