|“The followers of Christ have always known that helping alleviate the physical suffering of people gives them an entree to preaching the gospel. Thus hospitals, orphanages, schools, agricultural aid, all have laid a foundation of relationships that enhanced the ministry. But none of these ancillary activities are the ministry, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”Mark 8:36 What does a person profit if you educate him and fill his stomach and he ends in hell? The ministry always has as its objective the eternal; “because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18 Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And if you be unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The follower of Christ can easily make the mistake of trying to keep score by the wrong set of rules. A friend said that he decided he would go no further in the corporation, for he felt that he could not maintain his biblical priorities and give any more of himself to the company; each advancement cost him more time and energy. One year after making the commitment, he was passed over for promotion. It greatly bothered him. He said, “I don’t mind not having the job; I had already determined that I wouldn’t take it if they offered it. What bothered me was, they didn’t offer.” He did not want to compete in the world’s system of success, but did want the world to know that they were fortunate, for if he did compete he would win.
The world recognizes at least two kinds of power: economic and political. These are the two primary arenas in which people keep score. You can see this in the person who periodically looks over his net worth saying, “Money is not important to me; I just want to see how I am doing.” If God loves you, like the person passed over by his company, He will force a confrontation: “Choose this day whom you will serve.” You cannot try to keep score in life by two sets of rules and find favor with God. He calls such behavior double-mindedness.398
398 cf. James 1:5-8
Jeremiah 48-49 Hebrews 7 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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