God is Unchanging: In the Ever-Changing World of Raising Support

 

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews13:8 (NIV)

My prayer has always been to make myself available to be used by God in whatever way He chooses. For me personally, He has given me a path that consists of a lot of change. Maybe as a result of living off support for over nineteen years, I’ve often dreamed of what a life of stability must be like. I have friends who have grown up in the same area, gotten a job right there with a steadily growing income, and haven’t moved in over twenty years. Most of their kids and grandkids will more than likely do the same thing. Boy, I think to myself, wouldn’t that be nice! In the twenty-one years that my husband and I have been married, we’ve moved twelve times, a lot of them being major moves and to five different ministry settings.

Our last move literally about did me in. Through lots of prayer, I knew it was the right decision as God orchestrated all the events to jumpstart us in that direction, and then provided miraculously for our support. However, it didn’t make it any easier to pack up our house once again, say our goodbyes, and be uprooted after settling, I thought, for the last time. Being used by God isn’t necessarily easy.

I’m sure that just about everyone on the support-raising journey can attest to the fact that raising support doesn’t feel like a very stable endeavor, as its whole reasoning is based on change. You are giving up a regular income in lieu of one provided by others as they are directed by God. Whether you are physically moving or not, you are preparing for a new ministry. You’re growing in the role of being a worship leader as you help others see the need to join God in His work. All of these things, even if they’re good, can be stressful.

If this is the case, then what does God’s immutability mean for us in the ever-changing arena of raising support? More than anything, I believe it keeps us grounded in an eternal perspective. Because God never changes, we can trust Him to hold our ups-and-downs and keep us persevering toward the bigger picture. All the moves I make and changes that come my way are nothing in comparison to eternity where I get to be with an ever loving-never changing God. Whatever path God gives you, you can trust that all things will work for God’s glory.

  1. Worship God for all His unchanging attributes.
  2. Pray for God to continue to use you no matter the changes.
  3. Pray for the grace to trust Him through all the changes that will come your way.

God is Praiseworthy: As You Lead Others on the Support-Raising Journey

“And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)

 I have several aunts who have no money but who faithfully pool together whatever change they can find and send us a check every several months. It may not be a huge amount, but it’s always the biggest blessing received at our exact moment in need. Inside the gift they always offer words of encouragement and thank us for allowing them to be a part of God’s work. They get to be a part of something that is much greater than what we do. We are just a receiver of their earthly gifts as they praise and worship God our true Provider.

Worship is meant to be a corporate act. Yes, we can certainly worship God by ourselves, but the richness and depth of it is felt in community. That’s why I feel it’s so important to teach those who are raising support to be worship leaders. God has given each of us a team of people who are worshipping God through their prayers and finances. Therefore, this journey is not about us at all. It’s about God and what He is accomplishing through us.

With this knowledge taken to heart, I think we all need to examine our focus while raising support. Is it on money or on God? If all of life is an act of worship, because God is worthy of our praise, then that means worship doesn’t stop when we are in need of money. In fact, I would venture to say that raising support gives us an even greater opportunity to worship because of the people God has gathered around us and the magnitude of the job He has ordained us to do.

This scene in Isaiah 6:3 has always baffled my mind. Creatures I can’t fathom even with Isaiah’s description are shaking the thresholds and doorposts of the temple with their shouts of praise. It’s amazing what happens when our eyes are fixated on the holiness of God and unite our voices in worship of Him. All hell will shake and tremble as people fall to their knees in awe of our Father. We have an opportunity to do just that!

Use the support-raising journey for God’s glory and bring people in praise to the One who is worthy.

  1. Be in awe of how God has created you for your ministry.
  2. Lead others into worship out of that awe.