Last week I attended a meeting of Baptist leaders. It was a good meeting with many important decisions made. One of the parts of the meeting was a devotional by one of the pastors. I have thought about it repeatedly ever since.
The message by pastor Wayne Hunt was brief, to the point, and penetrating. This is how I remember the devotional.
“As I look around the room I see people who love God and have given their lives to Him. I don’t have any doubts about you or your commitment. What if someone came into this room and demanded that we reject Christ? What if they said you can reject Christ or lose your life? What would you do? I believe that I can say with confidence that almost everyone here would reject your life and remain committed to Christ.” At this point the room became quiet because we were thinking about what we really would do. We weren’t thinking about the person next to us. We were thinking about ourselves.
He went on. “But what if the situation were different? What would you do if someone came in and gave you a different ultimatum? You can reject Christ or lose your money. Now, what would you do?” With this, the room became deathly quiet. He continued: “Can you or I be confident what we would do? Would we give our material things for Christ? It becomes a different issue when it’s about money.”
No wonder Jesus talked so much about money. No wonder that He told us that no one can serve two masters. You can’t serve God and serve material possessions. They are too much in opposition. Both demand so much of us. You will either love one and hate the other or hate one and love the other.
What would you do?
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