But all the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said, "Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go." David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."
I was blessed this week when I received a "Thank You" letter from a missionary couple that my husband and I support. They wrote: "We are NOT here alone; our work is really your work, too." I was glad for that reminder. Sometimes I feel guilty that our friends are facing lots of difficulties in a foreign land while I am sitting at home, safe in my familiar environment, eating my familiar food and enjoying all my comforts. Sometimes I forget that even though I am not on the "front line," I am part of the team. Our prayers and monetary support are needed for them to accomplish their mission
That's the same situation that faced David and his men in the Old Testament. Some of the soldiers who did the actual fighting did not want to share the spoils of battle with the men who stayed back with the supplies. After all, the ones who stayed behind were in a safe place and relatively comfortable. But David chided them, and said "The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle." What he was saying is that staying with the supplies is just as important as fighting the battles.
Missions take team work. Some members of the team are fighting on the battle field, while other members are prayer warriors at home. No matter where we fit into the team, we need to be faithful in doing our part.
Lord Jesus, Thank You for all the faithful servants on the missionary battle front. Help me to be faithful in my supporting role.