Only those who have been united with Christ and His church by personal faith in Jesus Christ should give to the people of God and the work of God. In the Bible, every command or exhortation to give is addressed to believers. Taking funds from unbelievers is prohibited (3 John 7; see also 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
All Christian service should be a sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). In giving, we should not seek man’s praise, but God’s (Matthew 6:2-4). We should not give with the hope of getting ahead in this life, but with the faith that God will reward us in heaven (Luke 14:12-14). We should not give under pressure, but willingly and cheerfully, with gratitude for God’s grace to us, according to our ability (2 Corinthians 8 and 9).
It’s undeniable the main motivation of many religious charlatans out there seems to be personal profit. This tends to put people off supporting worthy religious causes. Yet the work of the Church of God does have monetary needs. And the need for that definitely did not end with the conclusion of the apostolic era.
So the Church of God today still has an ongoing mission to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God to the world and help those who respond become Christ’s disciples. This is a big job, and God has instituted the method of financing it, with many participating. That method is tithing, the setting aside of a tenth of our income to Him.
God the Father sent His Son into the world with a message of hope and eternal salvation. Christ gave the commission to share that message directly to His specially chosen 12 apostles. They preached the gospel of the Kingdom, established Church congregations and ordained elders and deacons who would continue to spread the good news and serve God’s people.
There would always be an ongoing need for teachers and pastors to proclaim the good news of God’s coming Kingdom and spiritually guide and care for those who come into the fellowship of the Church.
What will your part in missions be? We should all be sharing the Gospel with those around us. But, does God want you to be more involved by committing to full-time ministry? Even if you are not called to be a missionary on a foreign field, you can help the cause of missions by supporting missions in your local church. This support can come by way of prayer, finances, or time and labor for the work of the ministry.