Tom had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present. "Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?" Three small voices answered in unison: "Okay, Dad, you get the toy."
This reminds me of some of our men last Friday night at our R.A. Pinewood Derby races. What a great time and what a powerful statement was made as men in our church said with their actions that our boys are a good investment! There are so many things they could have been doing and so many places everyone have been, but Friday night was set aside for the Lord to use these men in the lives of our boys.
That’s kind of how ministry works, isn’t it? We serve in obedience to the Lord, giving our time and effort and whatever else for others. We have scores of folks who do this every week: teaching a class, hosting or leading a group, serving at God’s table, helping with our babies and toddlers, visiting the sick and so many other ways. Some people hear that and they think: “I don’t have time,” “I can’t afford to do that,” or “That sounds terrible!” Those folks are missing the whole point. They are spending their time on themselves and I’m sure they have big plans as they try to protect their time, their energy and their money. They’re missing the point because they’re missing the purpose for which God created them, to know Him and serve Him. Serving the Lord is a part of knowing God. It’s not the big expense, it’s the big payoff in this world!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21