What If I Gave You $1000

Our Pastor writes short emails and sends them out every few days to church members and anyone else that is interested.  We just started posting those emails as blog posts on the church website.  The one from Friday entitled “What Is Your Motivation”, struck a little close to home.  That means I need to repent.

Pastor Jeff  states that Christians are “left here to be used of God to make His name great among the nations by bringing lost souls into the Kingdom”.  That seems pretty clear and is backed up by the Bible.  He then asks , “How are you doing?”  I don’t know about you but I am not doing that well.  I want to do better.  I know it is a command. I just fall short or more often that not just fail to try at all. Then the heart revealing question is asked, ” If you could make $1000 every time you shared the Gospel with someone, would that make you more motivated to share your faith?” I know the right answer.  I know what the answer should be.  But I know my heart.  I cling to the things of this world.  I seek often the praise of men. I fear rejection. So I fail to obey the Lord. What would your answer be?  What does it reveal?

May we seek only to please the Lord and to make His name great not our own.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34 ESV