devotional post # 2191
2 Corinthians 8:18-19
2Co 8:18 Accompanying him we are sending that brother who is famous among all the churches for his proclamation of the gospel.
2Co 8:19 And not only for that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being accomplished by us, to demonstrate the brightness of the Lord himself and to show our integrity.
One of the dangers of doing missions work is that churches often lose sight of the fact that it is also church business. Paul wanted to avoid that danger by assigning relief funds collectors who were appointed and well known by the churches themselves. Missions business is church business. Anything that appears to separate missions from the work of the church itself sends the wrong message to believers.
LORD, keep us from fostering an unhealthy disconnect. Show us how to stay close to our churches as we serve them — and you.