$1,000.00 a Convert?
In a 1998 Our Daily Bread devotional Henry G Bosch poses a soul-searching rhetorical question. He writes,
“Suppose someone were to offer you a thousand dollars for every person you earnestly sought to lead to Christ. Would you try to witness to more people than you are doing now?”Henry G. Bosch, Our Daily Bread, April 18, 1998
It’s like another question I very much like; it comes in the form of a narrative:
A man asks a woman if she would sleep with him for a million dollars. She agrees. He then asks if she would do it for ten bucks! Insulted, she angrily replies, “Of course not! What kind of woman do you think I am?” The man responds, “Madame, we have already established what kind of woman you are; now we are merely negotiating the price!”
Jesus draws an uncompromising line between that which is of this temporal world and that which is of the eternal: light vs darkness, spirit vs flesh, truth vs lie. “No one can serve two masters,” He says… “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt. 6:24). Virtue and Avarice cannot cohabit the same heart.
If one is off course in this the problem is double-mindedness, the correction, says James, is to purify one’s heart: “Purify your hearts you double-minded” (James 4:8). One requires both more fear and more love of God. What motivates your labors?… your love?
A popular bank advertisement recently asked, “What’s in your wallet?” A much more important question is “What’s in your heart?”
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