Lesson Learned From Christians After a Hurricane…

I was in Honduras involved in training church leaders and pastors shortly after hurricane Mitch devastated the country a number of years ago.  One pastor in Tegucigalpa had watched as his church and the homes of his entire congregation (as well as his own) were swept down the mountainside and engulfed in a ugly pile of mud and debris.  They didn’t have much before the hurricane … after it passed through, they had nothing!  I watched church leaders at the conference I spoke at, arrive in beat up pickups, bicycles, or simply walking in shoe-leather we would have thrown out in the garbage. But when they worshipped, they put most of us to shame!  Heavenly smiles filled their upturned faces!  An abandon in the Lord’s presence characterized their praise!  Song and shouts of joy and thanksgiving filled the air!  They were, I think, some of the ones James was talking about when he said, “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” (James 2.5)

I reflected on all of that as I read these words of caution and perspective from Matthew 6 this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”  (Matthew 6.19-24)

The lesson I learned in Honduras (and other places I have ministered in the world)?  There are more important things than money and possessions!  Lord help me keep the “true riches” as the object of my affection and pursuit!

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God’s Love… You Can Count on It!

I’ve watched people over the years who are devoted followers of Jesus face incredible difficulties… The rejection of former friends, the unfaithfulness of a spouse, children who have rejected the faith of their parents and are far from God, false accusation, persecution at work, unemployment, failure of a business they had poured their efforts into, loss of health, home, possessions or savings… and I’ve seen the toll it takes upon them personally. Some of these things (or others) may have happened to you and the impact on your self-concept has been devastating…

This morning I read Romans 8:31-39 … great spiritual medicine for those who have experienced things like that and are struggling a bit with their sense of self-worth…

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one! For Christ Jesus … is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Taken from the New Living Translation)

My advice if you’ve been through all kinds of things that have left you shaken and wondering about God’s unconditional love and your self-worth? Read this passage over, and over, and over again!! Read it slowly! Read it prayerfully! Pray it! Praise it! Proclaim it! Do it until the truth of it dawns upon you deep within!!

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