Friday, April 21, 2006

hey you...

Hey you, the budding young agent (or "the one called to missions" or "ministry"...whatever. Take your pick).

What are you doing? I mean...are you trying to get your ducks in a row or something? Why?!? If the CEO told you to get your affairs in order, then who am I to question. But really...when the CEO gives you an assignment, you just GO. Let the dead bury the dead, etc.

Unless, of course, he's telling you your assignment in advance. In which, timing is an obvious issue. I can relate to that.

But really, is your assignment delay based on you trying to dance to the tune of others? Is it that you're dependent on their MONEY? Like a supporting church, letter writing compaign, etc? Again...if that's his instructions, then keep dancing. Otherwise, get out of your comfort zone. The CEO won't call you to something without giving you the supplies you need to live. And sometimes those supplies come just before you need them. So what. Trust me. They'll be there. It's called faith.

No worries necessary.

6 comments:

miller said...

good words and faithful, bro.

thanks for that.

peace

Mark said...

There's gotta be a way to find faith in the Lord through raising money, right? At least, it seems that Paul's own ministry was at times supported by others, and other times scratchin' away at poverty level income.

And didn't Paul find it extremely important that Christ-followers gave to others in the faith? Many the faith of the secret agents isn't the issue, but the faith of the CEO- follower who forgets to support the agents...

Agent B said...

Mark -

oh yeah, there are many-a-ways for agents to suport themselves while being full time involved in "doing the stuff". I know many ways...orthodox and unorthodox. But currently due to CEO instruction and thus circumstances beyond my control, I personally am in a total faith era: don't anyone for anything except the CEO, etc.

But you bring up a good point. One that should be posted on sometime: the fine line between faith and faithlessness in finances.

For example, I've observed and been a part of the overt faithless tactics of "parading" my ministry. You know, "the game": give to me so I can give to them...here's my newsletter with a picture of me doing a bunch of good things and here's an envelope addressed to me, etc.

Throw Matt 6:1-4 out the window.

But I'm not totally against what you're saying. There's a fine line. And I've witnessed too many missionary-to-be's get called by the CEO and they end up spending the majority of their existence raising bucks. The CEO won't call someone to something they can't handle or is impossible to maintain.

We should carry this discussion further...

miller said...

so what you're saying is... The CEO won't call you to something without giving you the supplies you need to live. And sometimes those supplies come just before you need them.

very true.

i guess it is hard for people who have always made ends meet for themselves. when you've experienced the provision of the Lord and the abundance of it... its a little easier to proceed without fear.

peace

Jason said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your post and the comments so far. I just wanted to ask about one particular thing: debt. Doesn't God want those of us who have incurred financial debt to pay it back? If nothing else it will teach us the lesson that the things we own own us. I haven't made up my mind about this and I haven't been sold out to Dave Ramsey. I'm just curious how faith applies to some of my friends who have 60,000 in school loans.

Agent B said...

Jason - oh yeah...by all means, PAY it back.

Coincidentally...I wrote on the subject of debt as a guest contributer on Jack's blog (found here).

I'm not a big fan of personal debt due to my recent past with it. I don't think debt is faith. It usually shows a lack of trust that things will be provided. Usually.