During a recent Missionary Conference it was pointed out by the Missionary Evangelist that we ought to get a vision of sorts for the needs of the Missionaries that we support. So often we take for granted that their needs are being provided when in reality they do not even have the necessities that we take for granted. That day, many within the church family were brought under conviction by the Holy Spirit to make a concentrated effort to be better providers of those who have gone into all the world with the Gospel
In times past I have learned from various speakers that God’s people can be down right stingy when it comes to giving for Missions. Granted, there are those who either do not have the financial where-with-all to give or they lack the spiritual maturity to step out in faith that the Lord will provide the money in a pledge offering. Although the financial needs of a missionary is most important, there are other avenues of giving that can be employed.
The talents that the Lord has bestowed upon his people can be used to provide necessities of Missionaries. For instance, a lady who sews can make dresses, curtains, or aprons. I once provided a large bundle of colorful wash cloths for a Missionary in Mexico. The Mexican ladies used these to wipe the perspiration from their faces during the services. Non-perishable cake and cookie mixes are a great treat as well as chocolate chips! These items cannot often be purchased in foreign countries. Recently, I was amazed to discover that many missionaries desire to have rolls of duct tape.
We are all aware of the many, many uses for duct tape. Now that there are a plethora of colors and prints, their use has multiplied. In the past duct tape has been mostly used as a tool for mending, fixing and reinforcing, Today, however this adhesive wonder is being used for decorating, clothing, cleaning, cosmetic and myriads of other uses. Many have been the jokes and teasing about using duct tape to fix just about everything. Thus it is not difficult to understand why Missionaries would desire to have this product on hand.
My Friend, it is true that duct tape has many uses and it can be employed to fix many things; make them look attractive and function in a purposeful manner, however, it cannot fix a wayward heart. A heart dressed up in the duct tape of a professing Christian does not make one a redeemed saint. Duct tape cannot aid a sinful heart to function in a righteous manner. The broken contrite heart cannot be repaired by the adhesiveness of duct tape. These things of the heart can only be addressed by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked and there is not a roll of duct tape in the world that can fix it. This is why God sent his only Beloved and begotten Son, the Lord Jesus; God in the flesh, to die upon Calvary. He died for the sins of the world, but this was not a blank check on mankind. Many who believe that there is an actual heaven and hell think that all good people will eventually end up in heaven when they die. WRONG! God says that all of our righteousness are a filthy rags; there is none that doeth good, no not one. The truth is that through Adam, all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Do not be discouraged, although the god of this world (Satan) has blinded your eyes to spiritual truth, the Holy Spirit can open those eyes so that the Light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ will shine unto you.
God has promised that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Notice that it does not state that you have to do penance, remain single and celibate, or donate money to the church coffers, or even join a church. The Bible states that he who seeks Him, the Lord Jesus, will find him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Once you realize that you are a sinner deserving of going to the Lake of Fire, ask God to forgive your sins and to save you. Remember, God states that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There are no exceptions.
In closing, may I encourage you to send a periodic care package to your supported Missionaries and just tuck a roll or two of duct tape in the package……………………….