Generous Christians make all the difference in unstable times.
Life feels shaky. Everything is changing — even the church.
America has weathered severe storms in years past — racism, protests, tornadoes, hurricanes, and massive crime. In all this, the church was once a safe place.
Places of worship are atmospheres of peace and tranquility. Worship is a door to inner peace. The church is the place where we can set aside all our troubles.
Distancing from our troubles is helpful, even if it’s temporary. But attending church is less popular than ever. Church attendance is down and the pandemic added to the decline.
Recent research found that around half of U.S. adults who attended church before COVID-19 hit are unlikely to return to church right now even if public health officials deemed it safe.
There is a remnant
Thank goodness for the die-hard saints. These are the faithful, the few, the church marines. The committed churchgoer is a vital part of the church being able to survive this season. God has a remnant-always has, always will.
In that day the REMNANT of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. (Isaiah 10:20, ESV)
A REMNANT will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people in Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. (Isaiah 10:21–22, ESV)
We define the remnant as; a part or portion of a minority. The remnant always returns. A high percentage of churchgoers cannot attend church because of the Pandemic. They will return. Give it some time. Individuals and families have reasons to stay away from the church in this season. The pandemic shut down our social events, travel, and personal interaction.
But still — we can count on the remnant. The remnant is faithful.
The faithful still serve. The committed is there. We could call them “the core.”
There is a core, and there is a crowd.
- The crowd attends. The core connects.
- The crowd consumes. The core serves.
- The crowd takes. The core gives.
God has core saints. The church has core members. Leaders in all organizations can depend on their core. Not everyone is a core member or dependable.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. (Proverbs 25:19, NKJV)
I am not inferring that people who leave a church are abandoning their spiritual life. Neither am I saying that people who leave a church are unfaithful.
But those who are a part of the remnant will follow through. These are the faithful. We all have a tribe. Every tribe has a percentage of committed people — the remnant — the faithful. The faithful and the remnant are synonymous
The Pandemic landed a haymaker on all industries, businesses, and enterprises.
A knockout to the world economy.
The Pandemic is expected to plunge most countries into recession in 2020, with per capita income contracting in the largest fraction of countries globally since 1870. Advanced economies are projected to shrink 7 percent. That weakness will spill over to the outlook for emerging market and developing economies, which are forecast to contract by 2.5 percent as they cope with their own domestic outbreaks of the virus. This would represent the weakest showing by this group of economies in at least sixty years.
The church is no exception. Generous everyday people fund the church. These are hard-working people who give to something bigger than themselves.
Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (II Corinthians 9:7, NKJV)
Christians do not give by compulsion. They give with a purpose. Donors to the church are tithers (10% givers of income.) Tithers are rare.
Tithers are a remnant in their own category. When you see the word tithe, it represents the volitional giver of 10% (or more) of one’s income. There is a remnant that tithe to the local church.
Only 5% of churchgoers give a tithe to the local church.
It is easy to look at this statistic negatively, but we shouldn’t. The church has done a lot of good with the small percentage of people that donate.
Again, the remnant carries the load. The old saying is true, 20% does 80% of the work.
The remnant is the difference
Without the remnant, what is the condition of the church in 2020? Far worse.
Since the pandemic nationwide church attendance is averaging 40% of the normal. Yes, financial challenges exist. The pandemic wreaked havoc on our bodies and our economy. Financial famine is everywhere, but God has Kingdom resources beyond what we can see.
God promises to supply all our needs. (Philippians 4:19, NKJV)
God is able. Nothing is impossible with God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will provide for and through His remnant people.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. (Luke 6:38, NKJV)
Is this verse used to manipulate or grasp entitlement? No. This is about a generous remnant that follows God’s direction and promptings. Did you see it? God will lead us to where to give and who to support. Frequently God has prompted my wife and me to speak, to pray, and to give to certain individuals. God will also prompt people to give to you.
God has remnant supporters that fund the Kingdom of God and His causes. God has generous people everywhere. Every church has generous, God-fearing people that support their church. Supernatural financial miracles are not below God’s ability or desire.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2, NKJV)
We prosper in body, soul, and Spirit.
God can handle instability
Things are unstable. But instability has never stopped God’s people, and not God’s remnant people. Remnant donors love their church and understand they are a part of God’s economic system.
Maybe you aren’t attending church in this season. No matter. Keep your church stable in unstable times by giving generously. Have you ever heard, out of sight, out of mind? Since we are not in church regularly, don’t forget to support your local church family.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! “Try it! Let me prove it to you.” (Malachi 3:10, TLB)
God has an economic plan.
God does not need the masses to fund His Kingdom.
“There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” (I Samuel 14:6b, NKJV)
All God needs is a few — a remnant.
I pray that’s you.