While many Americans are hopeful of an upward trend in the economy, others aren’t so sure.
Whether you’re encouraged or frustrated by the results of the presidential election, one thing is certain: The King of Kings has not abandoned His throne. His reign is eternal, and He ultimately oversees the affairs of our universe, our world, our nation, and our ministries.
As we consider our own personal reactions to the election, eMinistry can meet a vital need in those to whom you minister. In turn, eGiving can help meet needs your ministry has.
Regardless of the election results for which we hoped, we need to be reminded of God’s sovereignty and changelessness.
When a good king named Uzziah died, the natural reaction would have been discouragement and frustration. Instead, the prophet Isaiah cast his eyes on our one true Hope: the God of Heaven. In Isaiah 6, he gives one of the most awe-inspiring descriptions of God’s majesty and glory.
If our disillusionment with government produces such a reaction, does it not glorify God?
As we remind our readers and followers of the source of true, eternal hope, we’ll better equip them to make choices that reflect eternal values.
Like the faithful ones listed in Hebrews 11, they will be able to endure the difficulties of this life with joy.
Scripture doesn’t seem to differentiate between our necessary responses to leadership with which we agree, as opposed to that with which we differ. Prayer and submission go hand-in-hand. In fact, we see that our submission to our authorities is an extension of our submission to God. When we struggle with humbly accepting the circumstances God allows in our lives, we need to bow to Him in prayer and ask Him to change our hearts. Too often, we want Him to change our circumstances. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” As we encourage others to trust in the Lord, they’ll experience greater peace.
As we graciously minister to the people’s hearts through eMinistry, a logical extension of that ministry can take the form of eGiving. A focus on valuing eternal priorities and trusting the Lord will naturally desire to give. Without an online outlet for that giving heart, though, your eMinistry could lack the funding that you need to continue to fund it. Online giving (complete with Facebook giving apps and mobile giving pages) options complement our trademark recurring electronic giving tools that allow forgiver inertia, eliminating the need for constant fundraising and courting new pledges each year.
As you faithfully and effectively build your eMinistry, God can use eGiving to provide for your ministry’s needs.
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