By: CVM Fieldstaff, serving Wolof in Africa
The final countdown is here, and in less than 90 days we leave the country to spend the next three years abroad serving the Wolof tribe and others in Africa. It would be a lie to tell you that letting go of our house, cars, and other belongings has been easy. It’s strange and sad how material things can establish such a grip on us over the years, and how they can stir up emotions of fear and uncertainty when they are not there. But the Lord clearly teaches against relying on money and other material things
A missionary mentor of ours once told us, “We sold almost everything to go to Ethiopia; and God supplied. Again, we sold most everything to come back to the States; and again God supplied!! Four kids through college debt-free? Incredible!”
“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. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.” –Matthew 6:19-24 ESV
In Matthew 13, Jesus addresses love of material things to the rich young ruler. Jesus sees right through his apparent righteousness as an upstanding law-abiding citizen and instead focuses on the idol of his heart – his “stuff”. The Bible says that Jesus loved him and told him the truth, “One thing you lack. Go sell all you have and give to the poor and come and follow me.” The rich young ruler couldn’t do it; his wealth had ensnared his heart. David Platt, president of IMB quoted another author reminding his congregation, “God doesn’t call everyone to sell all they have in order to follow Him. But the ones who feel relieved to hear that are probably the ones who most need to do it!” The struggle for our hearts is real.
We pray that any snares entangling our hearts that we are still holding onto will be loosed! May we each rely solely on Jesus every day for the rest of our lives! To God be all the glory!