Gold or God?

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What are you attracted to?

What is it that moves you in this life?

There is something that gets you up off the couch?

What is it?

Gold or God?

You choose!

“For where your Treasure is, there will your heart be also?” Matthew 6:21

Which one is the greater appeal to your soul?

Which one is driving you?

Which one gets you up in the morning?

Which one lifts you off the couch?

Which one will cause you to risk life and limb?

Gold or God?

Do you really trust Him?

Do you believe that His word is in fact the word of God Wholly backed by the integrity of the Almighty?

He promised to back those who believe and He cannot lie.

So are you willing to lay it on the line in this generation to prove your God faithful?

Or…

Are you one of the humbugs?

I pray Thee, have me excused.

You’re busy!

And so though we have a dying world out there and some of them right down the street,

I pray Thee, have me excused.

Do you allow someone to say, “I don’t care what it comes with. There are lost. There are those needful of Jesus-Christ”. “God send me.”

Would you rather that someone else go instead? “Oh, God, thanks for bringing that up.” “I think that in this situation it would be good that someone else go instead of me.” “I mean could you give me a few other options?” “Because that option really just doesn’t resonate with me.” “Do you have a longer list that I could just sort of pick which job description I would like?”

Are you going to let someone else get the job description that God designed especially for you?

Do you have a limit to your obedience?

It’s like “I’ll follow God to this point, but … Anything beyond this point is extreme.”

Who came up with that?

So who are you to give your life to Jesus-Christ, and then define the terms of how He will use your life?

Do you have a limit to your obedience?

Because if you have a limit to your obedience, something’s wrong with your Christianity.

Am I willing to serve forgotten and without applause?

We really like to be known and we really like the applause. Let’s just admit it and then let’s answer the question.

Are you willing to forgo that?

Am I willing to forgo the comforts of life?

If any of you live in America or any big city, in here you know the value we put on the comforts of life.

God wouldn’t ask me to forgo those, would He? That’s not right!

“Are you willing?” is the question

It doesn’t mean He will ask you to just be miserable.

The question is, “are you willing to go where there aren’t comforts?” You know there are other places in this world, if you haven’t traveled much, you will find out, that are not like America or those great cities you live in. You know East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia. You know, there are some rough places out there! Liberia doesn’t even have electricity? Paved Roads! And they need Jesus-Christ.

Are you willing to give up the comforts of life for your king?

By the way, life on earth is very short.

Are you willing to give up a short season of your existence to serve you King well, no matter what the cost?

Am I willing to go anywhere, no matter the danger or darkness? Anywhere!

‘Anywhere’ is the question.

Not just to the easy spots! Anywhere! For King and Kingdom!

Because if you say “NO”, who do you expect in this generation to say “YES”?

Am I willing to let go my reputation?

You know where you serve Jesus-Christ, you become the misunderstood. It doesn’t happen always immediately, but sometimes it does. Where people start looking at you like, “What in this world’s wrong with you?”

They start passing little rumors about you, too. All sorts of little tales can begin to float through the air or over the internet. You stand for something, and you are immediately misunderstood, despised, sometimes hated would be a good word to describe it. Jesus was described as a “worm and no man” in Psalm 22.

Are you willing to be a worm and no man in this generation?

Am I willing to die young for the sake of Christ?

Am I willing to live lonely among the heathen?

Am I willing to suffer in my body?

Am I willing to be an etcetera, an insignificant, a nobody, for the glory of Jesus-Christ?

Do you require notoriety?

Are you willing to serve unnoticed?

“Well, I’d go to interior Africa, they don’t really have the new camera that can capture all my good deeds down there!” “I need to be noticed.” “Doesn’t God want us to be famous, so that He can make a name for Himself?” “If I increase, maybe He can increase that way?”

No, actually the pattern for Him to increase is you decreasing. That’s the great secret for increasing in the kingdom of Heaven. We get out of the way.

Are you willing to be one of Christ’s etceteras?

Or must you be one of Christ’s somebody?

Is this for your reputation, or for His?

I want you to realize that what we’re defining here is not extreme Christianity, it’s Christianity. It’s the way it’s always been.

Gold or God?

Which one lifts you off the couch?

Which one will cause you to risk life or limb?

Gold or God?

Which one would you “gamble” to get more of?

Because men and women all through history have gambled to get gold.

But which of us is willing to “gamble” our lives and put it all on the line to get more God?

Gold or God?

You choose!

Give, and it will be given to you. Luke 6:38

Xavier

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