Brad here, writing at somewhat of an interesting time of the day and week for me. It's Sunday Morning at 9:33 in about 80 Minutes I have to get up and preach. But a small thing just happened that has reminded me of a huge promise that God made to me a long time ago and I wanted to share with all of you.
As many of you know Sarah and I have for weeks and months been praying that God would bring us a buyer for our Condo in Chicago. We knew our call to come to Pampa, TX was clear and right where God needed us to be. It was a bit surprising though that even though we were following God to a new place so far from all of our friends and current home that he would have us wait for so long to sell our Condo. This week we were blessed to get an offer on our Condo which we promptly accepted. We are so thrilled to be able to fully commit to this community buy buying a home here and have excited started to look at homes for sale seeking the place where God would have us live.
As we look for homes it is so temping to buy "more house" that we can afford or need. It is easy to look at the home that we can not afford and wish they could be ours. This morning I was given a gift that transported me back to years and years ago.
The summer after my Freshman year in High School I was given the opportunity to travel to the far northern parts of Saskatchewan,Canada on work trip to help fix up and prepare a camp which missionaries run in order to get Cree Indian children out of their community and home for a week and to hear of God's love. Up until this point in my life I was convinced that God had a plan for my life, that plan, be rich. As it turned out this was God's plan for my life, the kind of rich that I would be turned out to look different than what I imagined. Through a simple passage of Scripture Matthew 6:19-34:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Through this simple truth God lead me that I was to commit my life to serving him in the ministry. I was not sure what this would look like I assumed I would be a youth pastor, however as the years went I was called to be a Senior Pastor.
This land us here on this Sunday morning with me sitting in my office drying a few tears from my eyes as I contemplate the gift I was given. A simple black and white wooden plaque with the word trust spelled out in pictures. Below that selection of verses from Matthew 6:19-34. This now sits in my office and will sit in every office that I ever work out of. To remind me that God has made me very rich through what I do, and that it is a great honor to serve him in this way. I am so thankful for the earthly givers of this gift, but so much more grateful to the great gift given in Heaven who has blessed me beyond compare.
Ok now off to preach!