SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 3 John.
“You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.” — 3 John 6-8
It is our responsibility to help people who depart and go forth for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. These people aren’t being supported by a business, the government, etc. They are advancing to new areas, so obviously, they have no believers to support them. We are to send them in a way “worthy of God” –as if we were supporting God Himself. If we do, we will share in their work and their reward.
I have gone forth for the Lord. Those who support me share in my labor, my fruit and my reward; they are fellow workers with me.
But I also have resources of my own that I should use to send others in a manner worthy of God. Of all people I support, it should be those who go forth, for Scripture says that we should send them “in a manner worthy of God.”
What a joy and privilege and sober responsibility it is to support with all the resources I have available (money, prayer, advice/counsel) those who have gone forth for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Father, I am deeply grateful for those who support me with their finances, their prayer, their hospitality, their counsel, their encouraging words, and other ways that slip my mind. My ministry partners really have sent me forth in a manner worthy of God. What an honor for me to go forth for the sake of the Name and to be supported in this mission.
I pray for others who have also gone forth. Might they be treated this honorably as well. Thank You for the resources you’ve entrusted to me; help me be generous in giving to others–in sending them in a way worthy of You. Help me not fear if I’ll have enough when I’m old and weak; You’ll care for me then as You do now.
Thank you for your financial kingdom principles. They truly are radical and reflect true Christian love!
And they bring You glory…and great joy when You see us practicing them!