Shouldn’t parents support their own children rather than sending their money to foreign missions?

Hello K,

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Parents should indeed support and care for their own children and provide for their needs. God ordained that each family takes care of its own “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8). There is no greater joy than tenderly caring for our children. We need to love and support our children with the same kind of love that God loves us (John 15:12).

But, there is a much larger responsibility and accountability on the part of parents than caring for their own offspring. The greatest problem in world is greed and love of money. And the Bible has a great deal to say about liberality and generosity. Some of the most amazing promises in the Bible have been made to those who give sacrificially to the cause of Christ “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Christ had more to say about the stewardship of possessions and many of His parables revolved around the idea of ownership and what one does with his possessions (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-46; 16:11).

In the non-Christian countries, people are longing to see the kind of light and deliverance which comes through the Christian gospel. This is why we should support with our funds the missions that carry that gospel to them. Thus fulfilling the command of Jesus, “Go and preach the gospel to every nation kindred tongue and people.” Those who cannot go themselves to do the work personally should certainly be willing to support sacrificially their material resources so that others can accomplish the task.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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