If you had a million dollars to spend, would you use it to buy 1 million bottles of Coke, or would you rather use it to become a shareholder in the Coca Cola Company? Would you rather be a mere user of Facebook or a shareholder of the company? For the younger generation amongst us, would you be content merely playing Pokémon Go, or would you rather own a part of Niantic, the company that made this wildly successful app? I can ask the same question about AirTel or TNM.
My point in all of this is that I’m willing to bet that all of us here would rather be owners of any one of these companies, rather than merely being users and consumers of their products. Why? Because they are incredibly successful companies selling incredibly profitable products. So you are more than guaranteed to receive far beyond what you invest.
But I’d assume that none of us here has a million dollars in their pocket. If anyone does have it, please come and see me after the service.
But you do have an opportunity to invest in something that has incredible rewards, no matter how much or how little you have. So let me ask – would you rather be a Christian who is a bench-warmer in church or are you willing to be a partner in the gospel through generous giving? Are you here in church today as a mere consumer, or as a partner in the preaching of the gospel?
The main point of our passage this morning is a strong encouragement for you to change the way you perceive your role in this church and become a partner in the gospel through giving generously, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Let us read Galatians 6:6-10
6 yLet the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.7 zDo not be deceived: God is not mocked, for awhatever one sows, that will he also reap.8 For bthe one who sows to his own flesh cwill from the flesh reap corruption, but dtheone who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And elet us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, fif we do not give up. 10 So then, gas we have opportunity, let us hdo good to everyone, and especially to those who are iof the household of faith.
Let me make clear from the start that giving is not the only way to partner in the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ – but we must also realize that generous giving is expected from every Christian. And secondly, while “sharing in all good things” in verse 6 can have a broad meaning, the particular emphasis here is sharing financial or material things.
As a partner in the preaching of the gospel, you need to know what you are investing in and why it is important, questions which are answered in our first point – that the gospel is a worthy investment.