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3 John 7-8 • For the Sake of the Name

"For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth."
    —3 John 7-8 (NASB)

How heavy my heart became when reading today that an internal survey conducted by the Church of England determined that 1 out of every 33 clergy in that denomination don't actually believe in God. It astonishes me. I would suggest that they've pursued a career for some reason other than "for the sake of the Name".

When living in a consumer-oriented culture, it's easy to be swayed by statistics. Success in such a culture is defined by the mathematics of market penetration, percentage of households reached, ratio of income-to-converts, yada-yada-yada. In the New Testament culture, the most highly treasured characteristic was abandonment of self "for the sake of the Name", even if it meant NOT accepting payment so that the name of Christ would be held in the highest esteem rather than that of the worker-messenger.

For those of us remaining in the comfort and safety of our homes, "we ought to support such men". There are many people that have have gone out "for the sake of the name"—we who have not aren't supposed to nurse our guilt for not doing the same but recognize "that we may be fellow workers with the truth" by providing them the means to continue "for the sake of the Name". Adopt a missions organization or, better yet, an individual missionary, and become a partner "for the sake of the Name."