I love dropping $6 on a pour-over coffee from my favorite shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each ounce of freshly roasted coffee beans is measured as the complex-hipster aroma of gluten-free pastries and herbaceous grinds consume me. Small talking with the Barista, people-watching while reading, and sipping my brew in a vintage ironic mug feels like Heaven.
What is it about buying that perfect drink that feels so good? It’s just some beans mixed in with water, after all. Time and time again, I consistently spend more money than I should, but justify the price because I get the sweet satisfaction I crave. There is no room for stingy mindsets when it comes to gourmet perfection.
Oddly enough, when a minister asks for money to preach the Gospel, or I receive a letter from a friend to go on a mission’s trip, I suddenly become less generous—perhaps even stingy.
If that same minister asked me to buy him or her a coffee, I’d jump at the opportunity to spread my roasted joy, but when it comes to supporting a ministry and spreading Jesus joy, I freeze.
In Romans 10, Paul the Apostle addresses this tendency to freeze when people ask for money to spread the Gospel. He says,
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
Following Paul’s thought process, we see people will not be saved unless they call on the name of the LORD, and people will not call on the LORD unless preachers are sent to share the Gospel.
While reading this verse, I can’t help but ask myself, “Whom am I sending?” Is there money I could be contributing to a Gospel cause that I am selfishly spending on my upscale coffee habits? Are there people who do not know the love of Jesus because I haven’t sent any preachers their way? Are people going to Hell because I’m stingy?
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t plan on ending my cherished coffee habits anytime soon. However, this verse motivates me to contribute to spread the Gospel through my money. People’s eternal destinies are on the other side of our financial contributions. There are preachers equipped and waiting for us to send them into parts of the world we may never see. $6 might be one coffee to me, but it could be a whole week of ministry in an impoverished country. A measly $6 could mean the difference between misery and blessing to one of God’s beloved children.
If you are serious about evangelism, find a preacher to send. If you care about souls, find a cause to support. If you love God more than money, prove it.