“God’s work, done God’s way, will not lack God’s supply.” This Hudson Taylor quote was the first word of encouragement my pastor gave me as I began a decade long career at Covenant College, the denominational college of the Presbyterian Church in America. Having just left the industrial and rather brash world of the concrete industry to enter the world of Christian higher education, I expected to experience a major paradigm shift in how I approached my work. The Lord soon showed me that this was flawed thinking. Whether I worked in a secular environment or a Christian one, my work philosophy and ethic should have been the same. Hudson Taylor’s biblical paraphrase soon began to have a major impact on my work life.
Over a year and a half ago, as I started to work with the team at To Every Tribe, I chose to make this Hudson Taylor quote my working motto and laid it out at my first staff meeting. Simply put, To Every Tribe has clearly identified its part in God’s work: To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples by mobilizing the church, training disciple-makers, and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached. I love the mission of To Every Tribe and so should you. God is leading us in an incredible work. What a privilege it is that God has chosen us, in all of our weakness and brokenness, to be His instruments in completing this work.
“God’s way” has clearly been delineated through His inspired Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The outworking of this truth for To Every Tribe’s internal enterprise is rooted in this passage and in the commandment that we love one another as Christ loves us. As we encourage each other in the work, as we admonish each other with loving rebuke, as we become a people of prayer, and seek the guiding of the Holy Spirit, it is critical that we are obedient to God in the way we do our work.
As we pursue God’s work and do it in a manner that pleases God and brings Him honor, I would expect nothing less than “God’s supply” and provision. Now, let me share this: God’s provision often looks very different and comes in different forms than what I may be expecting or desiring. Trusting God for the outcome, no matter what it turns out to be, is liberating. I am learning that if we are doing what God has called us to do, in a way that is pleasing to God, then whatever the outcome, God is glorified. I can boldly come to the Father and in humility ask. I continually ask God to have his hand of favor on To Every Tribe, demonstrated through His provision; that He would provide us new Missionary Trainees, the laborers for the harvest; that He would provide people of prayer to intercede on our behalf; and that He would provide the financial resources for us to continue the work.
*This article was original printed in To Every Tribe’s June 2015 edition of Ekballo Magazine.