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Give and It Will Be Given to You

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
“We’re too small to let anyone go; our church needs to be bigger before we send people out,” declared Pastor Nute.
When is a church big enough to send out laborers for the gospel? Many Isaan churches have had fewer than thirty members in weekly attendance for years. Shall we wait another generation hoping such churches will grow before training them to start new groups? Churches in every culture hang on to people for fear there will be no one left to run their Sunday and mid-week programs. Leaders also worry that funds will drop when people leave to start new ministries. Isaan leaders such as pastor Nute struggle with these fears like everyone else, especially the fear of having too few members to support the pastor’s salary.
Scripture challenges us to think beyond weekly attendance and monthly paychecks. Gideon went to war with nearly 32,000 fighting men but God brought victory after whittling that number down to 300. Jesus had only 12 disciples yet he sent them out in pairs without Him to preach the gospel, heal the sick and raise the dead. God does not seem troubled when there are only a few people, nor does it worry him to send people out before they feel ready. Jesus said we will receive in direct proportion to how much we give away. His words are about money, yes, but surely this applies to human resources as well. If we will give our best people away, sending them out to start new groups, won’t God will bless us with more new disciples to take their place?
With the measure we use it will be measured to us.
Pastor Nok of Bangkok who served on the Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee said before he died, “Don’t build your own kingdom, build God’s kingdom.”
Simple but profound. We build God’s Kingdom by giving away not by keeping for ourselves. In doing so we are promised an abundant return.
Pray that Thai churches will train up their members to go out and build God’s Kingdom.

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