To God be the glory for an "illogical" approach
By Charity Beall, CHM Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
CHM’s mission is to glorify God, show Christian love and experience God’s presence through the sharing of each other’s medical bills. This is the cornerstone of who we are and why this ministry exists.
I shared with someone recently about my passion of putting members’ monthly financial gifts back into the hands of brothers and sisters in Christ who are incurring medical bills. He responded, “As a businessman, I struggle to wrap my mind around the joy you express in watching money go right back out the door. It’s completely opposite of what I hope to accomplish in my own business each day.”
I jokingly replied that my name is Charity. Yet, on a more serious note, my understanding of the Kingdom of God is that giving of ourselves is the opposite of our natural inclination as humans, but it is God’s nature. We see these contrasting natures throughout Scripture: Matt. 5:44 when we’re asked to love and pray for our enemies; Prov. 11:25 where we’re promised that the more generous we are with our finances, the more prosperous we’ll become; James 4:10 when we’re told that if we want to lead or be given authority, we must first humble ourselves.
When it comes to healthcare, the world’s narrative of “taking” results in skyrocketing monthly costs and reduced benefits.
CHM’s narrative of stewardship reflects God’s nature of giving:
CHM members diligently shop for health services, the results of which keep monthly costs low; membership gift amounts are applied to eligible expenses, all while seeing no monthly cost increases since 2008; CHM members are in a covenant to support one another through prayer and financial support.
God’s narrative is different from the world’s. Because of God’s nature, CHM is Holy Spirit-inspired and fulfilled by Christians. It brings glory to His name and His nature.
Because CHM honors God and His nature as outlined in the Word of God, CHM is in its strongest financial position since the ministry’s inception.
God’s goodness displays itself in the faithfulness of CHM members and your passion (like ours) to share one another’s medical bills with diligent, biblical stewardship.
Would the world consider this approach logical? Perhaps not, but we don’t operate within a worldly mindset. CHM is a reflection of Christians who rely on God—a God who can do much more than we can ever think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). To Him be the glory!