“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” – Hebrews 13:5
What is the price of your soul? I awoke a few mornings ago and thought through a long list of things to do for the day, things that have fallen behind for not having enough time in the day. Work obligations, ministry obligations, family obligations, house and yard work obligations, counseling request, media ministry obligations, out-reach obligations, study time, prayer time, running and tending to a church, a family, and a church family, the list goes on and on. We don’t have enough time to make money and don’t have enough money to make time. You see, my family pastor’s a church in a poor rule community that simply can’t afford to support a pastor in the way that most churches do. So there is no parsonage, no staff, no amenities, and no salary; just a need and a mandate from God to fill it. As I lay there exhausted trying to quickly prioritize my day for maximum efficiency, I thought how nice it would be for my husband and I to financially be in full time ministry and not have to pull double duty working secular jobs and still doing the full time work of running a ministry after hours. We’ve been offered as much in other places, in other ministries, but not here where we know God has placed us. As my mind began to race across the concepts of this “other plan”, how much we could get done with more money and more time, The Lord spoke to me. He said, “what is the price of your soul, because for many, this was it”. My heart sunk in shame, I knew what He meant. So many times I had seen people professing to be ministers claiming to be building the kingdom of God, but really doing nothing more then building their own kingdom at the expense of God’s plan and the souls of men. Many of them had been called of God to be ministers, yet they wanted more then what God had given them in that moment, they wanted better then where God had placed them for that season, they wanted the graduation without the classroom, and they wanted elevation more then they were willing to be humbled, refusing to except that God only elevates the humble but satan will gladly feed the pride of the greedy. So they compromise, they become men pleasers rather then God pleasers, they stop following God’s plan and start following the money, or the attention and approval of men. It is such a slippery slope and many are they that fall to it. Know that the first step toward this slope is not being content with what God has given you and where He has placed you.
Now that is not to say that every minister receiving a full time salary for his services is evil, not at all, it is actually very biblical for a minister to be supported for the work that he does. Believe me, it is a difficult job that you don’t get to clock out of. Ministers should be supported for their labor, but if they are working for the money, then they are not working for God.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (money) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” – Matthew 6:24-25
Today I am reminded of this once again as I see a well known mega church, once renowned for it’s amazing worship, selling out for fame, money, and the pleasing of the wicked at the cost of offending God. I see scantily dressed “worshipers” provocatively dancing around a stage intentionally decorated as a night club, ushering in a spirit that is by no means Holy and it breaks my heart as the people revel in mocking God in what claims to be His own house. But it should be no surprise that so many would esteem the things of the world of greater value then the things of God saying, “we are using the things of the world to win the world”, when in reality they are using the things of the world to win the church and declaring that the things of the world or of more value then the things of God.
How many claiming to serve God today really serve mammon? How many claiming to be ministers of God would still minister if the money stopped, if the attention and recognition stopped, if the spotlights when dark and the crowds disappeared. Sadly, not very many. Yet some would, the true, the genuine, the faithful, the obedient, the remnant. Those who truly serve God will do it at the cost of even their own life esteeming both obedience to God, and the souls of men, of far greater value then all the riches of this world. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” – Hebrews 11:24-26
So what is the price of your soul, the thing you are willing to compromise your obedience to the voice of God for? A title, a platform, a job, fame, money, a pretty girl, a cute guy, a drug, a drink, pride, your plan instead of God’s plan, a moment of pleasure? All of these “prices” fail in comparison to the one paid by Jesus Christ at Calvary, yet so many insult His sacrifice by esteeming these petty things more valuable, and it all starts with not being content with God’s plan for you. Never tell God that He is not enough, he will not abandon you, but you can choose to abandon Him by walking away from His will, seeking for something you hurtfully and blasphemously deem “better.” Yes, it’s that serious. I implore you, trust God’s plan and will at all cost. No great man or woman of God has ever been remembered through history for doing anything less.
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:” – Psalms 127:1
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:26-31