What am I running toward? Why do I want to raise over $2000 in monthly support? The Bible says that “for lack of vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 King James Version) and I can definitely relate to that.
Unless there is a compelling picture in my mind of why the heck I am doing this—all the phone calls and appointments and initiating with strangers about their wallet and it’s contents—I’d surely stop.
Here’s the thing, though: God is concerned with the process of raising support just as much as he is concerned with the outcome of getting the support in and going on campus to impact students. After all, he’s God, he could raise the support in 15 minutes. So the fact that He isn’t tells me that there is something bigger out there than the dollars. God isn’t just monetizing this thing with the support raising process. He’s got some things he needs to tell us and work in us that require this angst-ridden (at worst) or uncomfortable (at best) context of “ministry partner development.”
God is a King, not a president. His system is kingdom, not capitalism. The end goal is no longer the dollars. The compelling vision that keeps me on the phone (when I have enough contacts to call *cough*Prayer Request*cough*) is that He is sovereign, and has clearly, repeatedly, called me to this ministry. I am more passionate than I have ever been about what God is doing on the college campus, and in and through students there.
As always, at the end of posts like this, I feel compelled to give you the opportunity to respond with your wallet.