Could it be that the more real we understand that the Kingdom of God is going to be, the more we will be willing to invest into it?
Consider this: the less money you spend, the more you can give to sustain a missionary on the field. The better equipped that missionary is, the more people they would be able to reach with the Gospel. The more people that missionary reaches with the gospel, the more people can respond and be brought into the Kingdom. If this line of reasoning is true, than who wouldn’t want to give? Who wouldn’t feel compelled by this reality to give all they could and then some? The more I give means the more can go. The more that go means the more can get saved.
What, then, could you go without? Do you realize how much money you will stockpile if you take the $3.00 you would spend every day on a Starbucks tall latte and put it aside for missions? What if you started eating more canned food? What if you didn’t go out to eat? The less you spend, the more you send.
Am I saying that going out to eat or having coffee is wrong? No. Just know that after the King comes and all trivial things burn away, the one who doesn’t invest into the Kingdom will find himself empty handed and wanting, while those who choose to have less for the sake of the Great Commission will receive treasures that do not spoil or fade.
Many times this whole conversation will get sideswiped by a person saying that you can have these things and still be a child of God. True. You don’t have to give… but you’ll wish you did when you enter into the Kingdom. Think of Jim Elliot who said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:19-24 (NIV)