"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field." (Matthew 9:37) It's easy and necessary for us to ask the Lord to send out more missionaries and ministry workers to do the work of the Kingdom, but who will take care of the needs of these workers? Many have families to care for and the expenses of life that we all face. It is clear from Scripture that God intends for His church, His people, to meet the needs of those who are called.
Scripture gives us the blueprint of how God intended for His church to function. In Acts 2:42-47 verse 45 reads, "Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need."
In Luke 9:3 Jesus sent out His disciples telling them to, "Take nothing with them, no food and no money. " Clearly the reference here is that anyone doing the work of the Kingdom is worthy to be taken care of and have their needs met.
In Mark 10:28, Jesus tells His followers that, "No one who has left home and family for Me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age." There are many other examples throughout the Scriptures that give this pattern of how the needs of Kingdom workers are to be met. Tithing to our local church is both biblical and essential. Without our tithe the Church would be unable to function effectively in caring for the local body of believers.
Unfortunately, our tithing dollars do not do enough to support the needs of worldwide missions, especially the needs of missions in developing and Third World nations. As believers we need to take that extra step, go that additional mile and invest into the Kingdom work being done by indigenous ministries around the world. The dividends returned on this type of investment are far greater than any temporal one. (Matthew 6:19-20)