“Give, and it will be given to you: good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall they give to
your bosom. For with the same measure you mete, it shall be measured again to
you." Luke 6:38. This verse of Scripture explains in the
simplest terms the essential difference between the kingdom of Christ and the
kingdom of Satan.
“The spirit of liberality is the spirit of heaven. This spirit
finds its highest manifestation in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
. . . The cross of Calvary should appeal to the benevolence of every
follower of the Saviour. The principle there
illustrated is to give, give. . . .
“On the other hand, the spirit of selfishness is the spirit of
Satan. The principle illustrated in the lives of worldlings
is to get, get. Thus they hope to secure happiness and ease, but the fruit of
their sowing is misery and death." The Acts of the
The principle of Christ applies in every situation, and at Steps
to Life Ministries, we have tried to implement this principle. That is why the
majority of our appeals for funds are for monies to help us assist God’s work
in many places throughout the earth.
Since we are a ministry and not a commercial business, even the
money that we receive for our local use is directed toward
finishing the Lord’s work in many places.
For example, one of our local expenses is the operation of a van.
We are very thankful for this van, given to us by a friend of the ministry. We
have too much mail to transport from and to the post office by automobile. We
cannot pay for the expenses of the van from money allocated for various mission
projects, but it is a vital expense. Without it we could not effectively
receive or send materials and communications to others around the world.
Another of our local expenses is the production of radio and
television programs that are aired around the world. This costs many thousands
of dollars per year, and it is a miracle of God that the Holy Spirit has
impressed people to contribute to the support of this outreach every year since
Something that has astonished me for a long time is that God’s
work around the world is substantially supported by what could be called the “widows
and the orphans.” You know the story of the widow’s mite in Luke 21.
Jesus said that she had cast in more than all the rich! Ellen White describes
two ways in which this statement is true in The Desire of Ages, 616.
There is yet another way in which this story is true. This widow was a type of
the widows and orphans of all ages—the poorer people of this world—who have the
cause of God at heart and who sacrifice to make His work successful. They are
the source of a large amount of the support for all of God’s work. There will
be many surprises when we get to heaven, and not the least of them will be from
whom the money came to support God’s work in this world.
The Lord appreciates the sacrifices of the wealthy, and we do,
too, but He has a special place in His heart for those who, in spite of their
poverty, practice severe self-denial to support the work. We want every person
who is practicing self-denial for the success of God’s work to know that we
pray for his or her financial and spiritual prosperity.
The people who have donated money to help us keep our van going
back and forth to the post office and to maintain and upgrade our radio and
television equipment will, in heaven, see where the Three Angels’ Messages went
as a result of their gifts. They will be greeted by people that they never knew
in this world who will say, “It was you who invited me here.”