What a Difference

Topics:   money    lifestyle    jesus    faith   

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 10, 2016

Wow, what a difference!

I’m only a few days back from our Compassion trip to the Dominican Republic and it seems that I have returned to a world I barely recognize. The differences are so hard to explain because the change happened to me, not to the place from where I am. God made it clear to me that I would not be the same when I came back and the differences are becoming clearer.

I see that we run around, work and keep busy to accumulate more stuff, more money, more power, etc.

The question from Jesus is this, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 KJV

In a country like the Dominican Republic, they run around working and labouring to insure their family has food for that day. Then they end up sharing what they have with others. Not only food, but the Gospel, because it seems they are not afraid to share. They understand the outcome for the unsaved is worse than opposition to their witness.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV

We need a reboot in our hearts. We have to stop serving two masters because it simply doesn’t work. There is nothing wrong with working hard. It is to recognize work for what it is: a means to an end, nothing more.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 KJV

The work that should drive our hearts is that of the Great Commission. Jesus never promised we would have earthly riches but rather desired us to be rich in spirit! He, better than anyone, knew the corruption that comes from riches and wealth. It doesn’t mean we can’t have them, they just need to hold the proper place in our lives.

I can honestly say I came back embarrassed of my own Christianity, because it is weak and self-focused. It backs down when confronted and it is not as concerned for the lost as it should be. Thank you Lord for helping me see, lose my religion and replace it with a relationship and true service. Thank you for leading me back to my first Love, my Lord and my Saviour. That my heart, mind and spirit may seek to serve Him each and every day.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21 KJV

Join me in recommitting our lives to Treasure our Lord and serve with all of our might!