“You often hear people talking about the hypocrites and sinners in church. You should no more expect good people in church than you should expect well people in hospitals. Believers gather in the “office” of the Great Physician because they recognize that they are needy and desire His divine touch.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.” Jeremiah 45:5
A “prey” is something you hunt, kill and eat. When the children of Israel met the giants on the Exodus, they complained, “And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return into Egypt?”169 That which the people feared on the Exodus, God said would be a blessing for Baruch – his life would be “a prey in all places whither thou goest.”
You can spend your life on any one of a number of things, most of which don’t last, i.e., you cannot take them with you when you die. Thus God warns again and again not to do it. Do not invest your life in the temporal, but the eternal. God urges Baruch, “Don’t seek great things for yourself.” Jesus said, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you.”170
God makes you an incredible offer: You can give your life in exchange for the same thing for which Jesus spent His life- people. People last forever. For good or bad, they are eternal. Spend your life helping them prepare for their eternity. Don’t give your life to mediocrity. Life is too short and the issues of eternity too significant. If you seek what the world deems “great things,” you will pass into eternity a pauper, but if you freely spend your life for others, you will
169 Numbers 14:3
1 Samuel 17-18 Luke 11:1-28 (New King James Version)
David and Goliath
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