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Why You Need a Larger View of Your Money (And So Do I)!

October 19, 2009

Photo Credit: Thomas Reichart

This past weekend at my church, my pastor, Steve Dewitt,  passed on some spiritual lessons he learned while on a recent trip to China.

He shared a story of a conversation he had with a pastor of an underground Christian church.

Steve asked this man about the persecution for being caught as a Christian in China - the pastor responded with joy as he mentioned it’s not as bad as it used to be.  He said:

Not long ago, you would’ve been sent to prison for the rest of your life, but now it’s only for a year or two!

Sent to prison for being a Christian for a year or two?  It’s not as bad as it used to be?

As a Christian living in America - the land of the free - I cannot fathom what worshipping in secret for fear of being caught would be like.

I’m thankful for all the freedoms we have here in America; but there is one major thing to note about these Chinese Christians – they have real, authentic passion for Jesus Christ that is lacking in many of us here in North America.

You can’t worship God without passion if there is the realistic possibility that you’ll be thrown in prison for your faith!  

What This Has to Do With Money

Chinese Christians are generally poor – yet they are passionate, generous and faithful.

In fact, Steve mentioned one person he met there whose annual salary is about what you or I would pay for our cell phones in a year! 

All too often we (I) get consumed with our (my) own personal finances that I forget about the grander scheme of things :

- there are others who are getting thrown into prison because they are Christians.

- there are others in the world and even in my community who are without proper food, clothing and shelter.

- there are others, who despite having only some – or even none – of the luxuries that I have, are passionate for Jesus and who find their greatest joy in Him and not in material possessions.

I know what I need – and perhaps you do too – I need a shift in perspective!

I need to realize that my village is small, God is big and He’s doing mighty works for the gospel.

I need to realize that I am the one who is poor, not the Chinese Christians.

It’s not all about me – it’s all about Him!

I pray that God would transform our hearts so that we have a larger view of our money and can therefore be more generous, more faithful, more passionate, receive more joy and ultimately bring greater glory to Him!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2009 12:58 pm

    “I need to realize that I am the one who is poor, not the Chinese Christians.” Amen to that, how many times I’m humbled by my own inability to reach out to those around me when the only real risk is my own perceived reputation. I have several good friends who serve in areas and face these real risks every day, to follow Jesus. Great reminder.

    • October 19, 2009 2:30 pm

      That’s so true how our perceived reputation gets in the way many times of being passionate and sold out for Him.

  2. Stacy Knox permalink
    October 19, 2009 8:35 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if all had the passion to buy the field! Matt 13:44

  3. October 20, 2009 2:58 pm

    great post, really makes you stop and think about how we take so many things for granted in this country. We have the freedom to practice and share our faith (but often don’t), we are blessed financially, and we really don’t have much to worry about in a worldly sense. But at the same time, those Chinese Christians, by necessity are forced to rely upon God – which can lead to a closer relationship with Him. I can really see the Chinese Christian church emerging as a huge force in the coming years.

    • October 20, 2009 8:20 pm

      Yeah Pete, it’s amazing how much we do take for granted. I agree, I think the hotbed of Christianity will be in China.

      It’s amazing how persecution sends the roots of faith deep into the soul!

  4. October 25, 2009 7:47 am

    Jesus loves everyone and he went to prison for all as he was persecuted.Be of good courage and the real truth about christianity is coming to china.Get a job for me am from kenya nairobi dying of hunger +254720501203

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