My God Will Supply . . .
This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
During a speaking engagement at Wheaton College, a senior named Jim Green approached me. "I don't know what God wants me to do with my life," he sighed. "I need to talk to you."
A gifted person, Jim could have pursued a career in several fields. I shared with him briefly how he could discover God's will for his life according to Scripture, then hurried off to another appointment.
When Jim approached me later that afternoon, he was excited. "The biblical formula you gave me works! Not only has God revealed what He wants me to do, but He has shown me the organization with which He wants me to be associated!"
Over 35 years have passed since we talked and prayed together and he and his wife, Nan, joined our staff.
One day as we were talking about the need for funds for a particular work in Africa, I felt that we as an organization should seek to raise the money for the project. However, Jim volunteered to provide for the ministry out of his and Nan's personal income.
"We have discovered that the more we give to God, the more He blesses us," he enthused.
As missionaries, Jim and Nan are already pouring out their hearts for materially needy and spiritually hungry people. One would hardly expect them to give more, but they have learned to take God at His word and give generously by faith, trusting Him to provide for their personal needs to enable them to help meet the needs of others.
Several years ago one of our other staff members was praying and meditating about his responsibilities as a steward. "Lord," he said, "I know the tithe is ten percent of my income, but how much should I give above my tithe?"
The response was immediate and unmistakable, "How much can you trust Me to supply?"
During a missions convention at his church, the staff member decided to put this to the test by pledging a sacrificial amount. Each month for the next year God faithfully supplied the finances for the pledge. Every year thereafter the staff member has increased his missions giving, and always our Lord has met the need.
One of the greatest discoveries that I have made in my walk with the Lord Jesus has been the privilege of taking God at His word and giving generously by faith, trusting Him to supply. My experience and observation have been that those who follow biblical principles for giving experience God's abundant supply.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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