Once people begin to understand that we do not live to work for money, but instead we choose to work for God, it’s natural that they begin to ask a LOT of questions about HOW we survive.
The bottom line for us is truly a matter of faith in God. We wholeheartedly believe in and experience the miraculous provision of God. We call this living by faith.
For most of the world, even this simple statement requires much elaboration, which we will attempt to do in this article.
For us, living by faith is a daily process. The whole world has become accustomed to the systems IT has created, (e.g. capitalism) and these systems expect obedience to their way of life. We see this as an example of how the system expects us to have “faith” in it. We have rejected faith in the system, and have chosen to place our absolute faith in God alone.
The system operates on the basis of greed and fear. To validate this claim, simply ask yourself why people work for money in the first place. Or to go even further back, ask yourself why money was invented in the first place?
Those of us who choose to live by faith in God instead of the system have an entirely revolutionary outlook on WHY we do WHAT we do every day. People who have been brainwashed by the system don’t even ask themselves these kind of questions. They just do what they are told.
We believe our time on earth in this human body is amazingly short and precious. We don’t want to spend our short and precious lives as slaves. God has shown us a way out of the brainwashed slavery that most people in the world will never escape from. Ultimately, this is the choice of every person on earth.
We see that Jesus has told us that we can choose to work for God or work for Money (i.e. the system). (Matthew 6:24). We see that Jesus taught His followers that they needed to forsake (get rid of) ALL of their possessions, if they wanted to be His disciple. (Luke 14:33).
Jesus said that God has a different job already waiting for us. And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (Mark 16:15). We are told that there is much need for laborers in the work God has for us. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. (Matthew 9:37). We are told that God will take care of our needs if we work for Him. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33). We are told that we should not be ashamed to ask for help financially from those we are helping spiritually. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire.(Luke 10:7) “If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your material things?” (1 Corinthians 9:11).
So, with these biblical commands and advice, we have chosen to use our time to reach out to the entire world, and preach the Gospel that Jesus shared with us. We often use printed literature that we have created ourselves, and when we offer it, we simply ask if people can help with any small donation that we can then use for the cost of printing the material they are reading. Sometimes we try different methods for reaching crowds of people, but we tend to stick with written material as it has proven to be what most people respond to overall.
Sometimes people try to condemn us for simply asking for material help, but we see this as being absurd. Considering the amounts of money people are willing to pay for the most ridiculous things, we are unashamed to ask for a few cents for something we have created that is of eternal value. Nobody HAS to give us anything, (and often people DON’T give us anything!) so we see no harm in just asking. We even have the audacity to believe that some people are not even worthy to give us something! “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. (Matthew 7:6). Unlike people who work for the system, we want to find worthy candidates for our message, regardless of whether or not we get anything in return. In the system, you have to smile and be submissive to the rich because you work for them. Not us! “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.” (James 5:1).
There is much more advice we could give on the subject of living by faith, so if any of you out there have any questions, ask away!