23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” — 1 Samuel 30:23, 24 NLT
All of us are spiritual warriors and we live in a spiritual war zone. Some of us go to other lands to carry on the battle and this is important. But just as important are those who stay behind and guard the “stuff”. In our case, the “stuff” is carrying on services in local churches, teaching Sunday School classes and witnessing to those around us. We are fighting the same enemy whether we go or stay. What sense would it make to go to battle for others and lose our own families and neighbors? One job is just as important as the other. How could we carry on any campaign against the enemy, if we didn’t have workers who supported the war with their tithes? God has given each of us talents and He has a plan and a purpose for each of us to use those talents in service to Him.
So it is today, God will win the battle for us, but we still have a job to do. We must take up our position on the battlefield and stand while He fights the battle.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous