For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing of the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.3 John 7-8 (NASB)
During morning prayers, I read 3 John 7-8 and it reminded me of George Mueller. I read Basil Miller’s account of Mueller’s life a few weeks ago. This biography challenged me to live more by faith.
Mueller, or the “Apostle of Faith” as some have called him, trusted God for all of his spiritual and temporal means. Early in his ministry, Mueller decided to not take the set salary from the congregation he shepherded. He determined to only take his needs to the Lord in prayer. He refused to ask for financial support from those inside and outside of the church. God moved in mighty ways.
In time, Mueller founded The Scriptural Knowledge Institute. Without public appeals, this organization sent thousands upon thousands of gospel tracts and Bibles around the globe. It also funded scores of missionaries too. However, Mueller’s life work is remembered the most by the orphanages he ran in Bristol, England. Mueller housed and fed thousands of orphans without sending the first donation letter or anything of the sort. He prayed and trusted God for daily provision.
What would happen if we trusted God in this manner? Far too often, I have depended on the 3 M’s of man, money, and machine for ministry. These things are valuable, and needed, but doesn’t God know this? Yes, he does. Aren’t we commanded in Scripture to seek his kingdom first? Yes, we are. Also, could that nudge to give to a certain ministry be God’s way of allowing us to be fellow workers with the truth?
What are your thoughts after reading this passage?
If you want to know more about the life and ministry of George Mueller, here are some links to resources.