January 8, 2018: SOAP #2958: Genesis 20-22; Luke 8 Scripture: Luke (NIV) 8:1 After this, Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called [...]
January 8, 2018: SOAP #2958: Genesis 20-22; Luke 8
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 8:1 After this, Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Observation: We never read of Jesus having a drive to raise money for His ministry, however we never see Him lacking for money. Led by the Holy Spirit, He obviously conducted His ministry within the funds available. He never put any pressure on people to give claiming that He would not be able to fulfill His ministry if they did not support Him financially.
I believe it was the ministry of the Holy Spirit that attracted these ladies to Jesus and gave them the privilege of using their financial resources to support this new ministry. It is hard to imagine the heavenly rewards that will be theirs!
Application: The ten years I served in the Navy, the US Government never failed to provide what I needed to do their bidding. In the last 40+ years I have found God is more faithful than the US Government.
And there have been times when, like the ladies mentioned above, I have been able to support a ministry in its beginning, or a college student studying for ministry, or someone stepping out in faith. And there have been times when others, like the ladies mentioned above, supported my ministry. In following the leading of the Holy Spirit, God allowed me the privilege of both supporting and being supported.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, You are amazing in how you bring people together to share in ministry and its rewards. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!