Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The good life, the better life, the best life

I am a human being, naturally depraved, and if you are reading this, so are you. This is alright. It is natural. Being a bad person is the original state of being every single baby is born into. By all rights, we have no reason to do good. But there is this chance for redemption which is presented to all of us as a choice. It is to accept the supernatural death and rebirth of self into a new person, no longer bad. Through Christ we can become more than natural. Paul clarifies this with a statement, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." The object is to go from a natural state to a supernatural state.

This concept is simple, but at the same time confusing to some people. Jesus spoke once to an educated man, a ruling council member in Jewish society, a Pharisee named Nicodemus. This man recognized that God was with Jesus, but Jesus told him in order to see the Kingdom of God, a man must be born again. Nicodemus did not understand at first. He thought Jesus meant be born from their mother again but Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." We are all born and we all die, but we choose when to die and when to truly live. All are faced with the choice, the blood of Jesus is enough to cover everybody who was ever alive and ever will be. Not everybody accepts. So many reject God's offer of salvation. We all choose our second death; we can die to our flesh and live in spirit eternally, or we can live in our flesh and die spiritually for eternity.

This is not a happy topic. It is sad and hard to understand, but Heaven and Hell are very real. And so is God. We who are saved, who have died to self, who daily carry their cross, who were crucified with Christ, are called to a higher purpose, to higher standards. No longer can we live as though we were members of the world. We are to be above reproach, to live with love and faith and goodness. To seek holy, righteous purity of flesh and spirit. In our DNA is flesh, sin, and ultimately death, but we receive a new, spiritual DNA when we receive our new life. The DNA of truth, love, and ultimately life.

In Ezekiel, God gives the prophet this vision:
The calling of the watchmen.
If you see danger and do not call out in warning and a man dies, his blood is on your hands.
If you see danger and do call out in warning and a man dies, his blood is not on your hands because you sounded warning.
This is true still, but under the new covenant with Christ we will not be condemned to Hell for not warning our friends, family, neighbors, and even enemies of the eternal danger, but it is our greatest calling. We are to speak the Truth and proclaim the Good News. We are to offer Life to those who are dead. When I say dead there, not the death of their flesh, because then it would be too late, but spiritually many are dead as they live in this world. They do not know the Truth, but they are accountable to be judged nonetheless. For Christians, the judgement is not of our sins, which God chooses not to see because of the lens of Jesus' blood, but of our fruit. He cares about what we do with the resources and gifts we are given.

In the Christian life, there are levels of commitment we can work toward. ( I am trying to be cautious here, I am not saying that we can be saved by anything but faith, but our faith is made alive through our deeds and when we bare Christian fruit.) The first level is good. When we are good, it is just the simple transition from darkness to light. It is becoming a follower; simply accepting the offer. That is good.

The second level is betterBetter is where a Christian starts to explore the Word, to pray, to live a loving life, to fellowship, but mostly there is not a full maturity. It is a stage of development in which the relationship between a human and God grows, but the person does not fully understand God's will and purpose in their life. This could include being discipled, attending church regularly and other similar things. They are on the right track, but there is work to be done. That is better than good.

Finally we come to best. The best are not easily angered; do not hold grudges or keep score, do not delight in evil; always rejoice in truth, always protect, always trust, always hope, and aways persevere.

What I just described as best, it is impossible, but it is the goal. To make ourselves more like Jesus everyday. As Christians, we have to recognize our failures in order to grow. The Devil has no footholds if we do not try to hide in darkness. In the light, Satan has no power. Daily, we need to remember that God did not create us to work alone. As individuals we fail, as a community, in fellowship with one another and God, we can do all things. (Not that God cannot use a person alone, but more often he works through a group.) The truth of the matter, if we are striving to be like Christ, to better ourselves, to help each other, to do good always, and to live lives of Christian love, we will be the best Christians we can be. I am a human being, supernaturally redeemed, and if you are reading this, you could be too.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Resistance Is (Not) Futile: 4 Biblical Strategies For Dealing With Temptation

"Temptation: If you can't avoid it, resist it."

The obvious way to not get hurt is to stay out of danger, and I think we all know that. Then life happens. Things don't go as planned. Sometimes we just can't help it, and we end up in a situation facing the thing which we know brings us harm, sin.
I am, by no means, an expert at avoiding temptation or resisting it, but I have found that God has given us ways to not get pulled in. I think Paul says it best in his letter to Corinth, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." We are not alone, our sins are not unique to us.
I don't want to make a struggle with sin seem simple or easy. I am confident that it is neither, and from my own experience and from what I see in the Bible it is not meant to be. If it were simple, we would figure it out on our own. If it were easy, we would not rely on God to help us.
Last thing before I get started. God speaking through his prophet Jeremiah says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure." If we do not want to repent, turning away from our sins toward God, we will not be able to. God can help; people can help, but it all starts with a decision each of us must make on our own. So here goes, the four best ways I know to overcome temptation, "ways of escape" if you will:

1. Prayer. The closer I am to God, the more likely I am to obey him. That is just the simple truth. I find that when my prayer life is good, temptation is not as strong. That is not to say I am not tempted, but I can let God handle it. One of my favorite chunks of Scripture is in Matthew 26. Jesus was tempted to not die on the cross. He begged his Father not to make him do it. He sweats blood. Jesus was clearly not super excited to die. But he prayed and then he obeyed. So when we are tempted to disobey God, to turn from his good, pleasing, and perfect will, I believe prayer is a great way to reconnect with his will for our lives.

2. Accountability. By that I do not mean finding somebody else who is struggling with the same sin and "confessing" to each other. That is a great way to conceal sin, and to justify it to ourselves so we can keep doing what we want because "we are just humans and we are going to mess up but we are telling somebody". I have tried that. It will not ever work. By accountability, I mean finding somebody or multiple somebodies who you are willing to give permission to say the hard things, to tell you when you are in the wrong,, and to really listen when you speak honestly and vulnerably. It should be somebody who can offer constructive criticism and encouragement, and who genuinely cares for your spiritual well-being. If they don't care, they can't help. You need a person that will answer phone calls at 2 am if you need them. The bigger the struggle is in our lives, the more accountability we need.

3. Knowing Scripture. I am a huge proponent of memorizing verses. Not for the sake of knowing them, but for the sake of living them out. Psalm 119 is the best example I know of this:
 "How can a young man keep his way pure? 
   By living according to your word. 
I seek you with all my heart; 
   do not let me stray from your commands. 
I have hidden your word in my heart 
   that I might not sin against you." 

God wants us to love him; we love him by obeying his commands. It is pretty hard to obey a command you don't know. On the flip side, James makes it very clear that knowing God's commands and not acting on them is sinful, too.

4. Prior planning. If you know that a famine is coming, you stockpile food. If you know a drought is coming, you save water. If you know a war is coming, you build your army and plan your strategies. We know temptation is coming. So one thing we should do is decide in advance what we are going to do in response to that temptation. I struggle with being prideful. I feed my ego all the time. I know it is not what God wants for my life. He wants me to be humble. So when I go to a meeting or I am hanging out with friends, I have to commit to myself to not push my opinions and to not be condescending. This really interacts with the other "ways of escape" I wrote about. If I commit to praying when I see something that could cause me to lust, or if I know scripture that says not to be anxious and to not worry, if I commit to telling my accountability partner when I feel like I am going to say something prideful and stupid, I am way less likely to succumb to the lust, depression, or pride that I know will only hurt me.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Why God Does Not Want To Be Made Part Of Your Life

There is this terrifying misnomer that I have heard floating around the church world. It says this: God wants to be part of your life. He wants to be included in your life. He just wants to help you improve your life.
Now, follow me here, I am not saying, “God does not want to be in your life.” I am saying “God does not want to be part of your life.” He does not want to be a hobby or a pastime that you invest a little time, a little money, and a little energy into. He does not want to be some life coach who you call whenever you have a problem, but don’t really want anyone to know about. He does not want to just be present in your life on Sundays and one or two weeknights when you do "churchy stuff."  He does not even want to be a lover who you share almost all your secrets with. He wants everything, all of your life, all of your time, energy and money. He wants to be reflected in every aspect of you, and not the same you from before you knew Him, but a new creation, a new person. He wants you to start looking more like Jesus every day.
So when you are at church, at work, at school,or anywhere with people: friends, enemies or strangers- really it does not matter where you are or who you are with- God wants you to realize that your life is actually entirely His. He wants that to be reflected in how you speak, act, and live. He wants you to be an example of faith, love, and purity. He wants you to realize you are a witness, your entire life is testifying who God is, and He wants you to testify truthfully. God wants you to embrace abundant life; that does not mean checking off a list of things to do or not do. That means He wants you to feel His power transforming you, and He wants you to feel His renewal, His daily mercies. He wants the love He gave you to pour out from your life into other people, and because God's love is so pure and unconditional, that is what He wants our love to look like.
But if there is one thing God wants most of all, it is that you desire to know Him, to love Him, that you would want to grow your relationship with Him. God knows that it is not an overnight process becoming like Jesus. He knows that you are not going to just wake up and never doubt Him again, never have anymore questions. God wants you to struggle with Him because in order to wrestle with God, you must first be intimate with God. And that is the thing He desires of us, the thing which glorifies Him the most, to know and love us and to be known and loved by us.

Monday, July 11, 2011

On Discipleship: The Ministry of God

“Faithfulness is multiplication; complacency is addition.”

The leaders of a church must lead, and that means there will be people in the church who are followers, not leaders. Consider a shepherd and sheep; the ratio is a few shepherds to many sheep. Without the sheep, the shepherds have no purpose or livelihood. Now while leadership comes with more responsibility than simply having people follow, every Christian is called to “Go make disciples.” Disciple-making, is something which transcends gifts and calling; it is the goal of every Christian.
Discipleship is clearly patterned for us in Scripture. The word “disciple” is better understood as apprentice/student, which implies there must be a master/teacher for the discipling relationship- discipleship- to occur. A disciple learns the ideas and skills of a discipline, in the case of Christianity, those ideas and skills are from the Gospel. The discipline is becoming like Jesus Christ.
In his “Great Commission,” Jesus says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” So making a disciple means being a witness, baptizing and teaching somebody to know and obey God’s truths.
Shepherds choose to shepherd their sheep, and once they commit, they must be faithful even if it is hard or not immediately gratifying. They are responsible for accepting their sheepish disciples; for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training them in righteousness. However, a disciple should be:
Submissive, and
FAST for short. Jesus tells his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” In the same way, we must choose disciples who will be fruitful.
Now a relationship with a Christian peer is a good thing, and I know it is encouraged by Christ in Hebrews 10:24-25. But it is not discipleship. That peer, your fellow Christian, and yourself are in fellowship. But discipleship is shown in the Bible to be a more mature believer teaching a less mature one.
Some examples are Christ and his disciples, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, and of course, Paul and Timothy. As Paul tells Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to [faithful] men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
This is representative of the discipleship plan which God wants his church to implement. It is four generations of fruit. Paul teaches Timothy who teaches faithful men who go on to teach others.
What are “the things you have heard me say” Paul is referring to? They are the biblical teachings every Christian ought to know and practice including: Scripture reading, memorization, and meditation; proclaiming the gospel as witnesses in our daily lives; serving others in love; and, of course, making disciples ourselves. How can we make disciples until we first are disciples?

*This next bit gets a little mathy, but it makes a really cool point.
If Christianity were simply a numbers game (which I would contend it is not) which would work more effectively long term: 1 discipling relationship a year that resulted in 2 that resulted in 4 and so on for 5 years, or 1000 people saved daily for 5 years? The first would result in 32 disciples. The second would result in approximately 1.8 million believers. Apply these same concepts to 30 years, however, and discipleship results in 1.1 billion disciples where the other way is just under 11 million. Do you understand that long term, discipleship is more than 100 times as effective as any form of mass evangelism ever could be? Faithfulness is multiplication; complacency is addition. How should we grow God’s kingdom for him in a world where population is growing exponentially?

So how does one go about making a disciple?
Well, first, we have to acknowledge that the only perfect thing in existence is God, and so by no means is there an end all, be all way to make disciples. There may be, and I would say there is, a “most excellent way.” I do believe that God calls us to a spirit of excellence, and when faced with the options of good, better, and best it is our Christian duty to choose the best.

Secondly, we have to differentiate teaching and training.
Teaching- is sharing the knowledge of ideas and concepts.
Training- is the transmission of skills and abilities.
Discipleship integrates the teacher/student relationship with the master/apprentice relationship to help younger or less mature Christians understand both the intellectual and practical applications of the Gospel in our lives.
Now while some of these following things are not necessities, they may prove useful for making discipleship easy to duplicate.
1. Relationships are not always and do not need to always be completely organic. Having a discipleship coordinator within the church is a great way to help those who ought to be discipling find someone who needs to be discipled.
2. The more mature the person being discipled is, the less structured the relationship can be while still remaining fruitful. Not everybody needs a curriculum to teach or a covenant to sign, but we should not be afraid to use tools to help us organize and maintain healthy discipling relationships.
3. These are some things which a disciple should get from what they learn in the discipling relationship: assurance of salvation, consistent “quiet time” (prayer and bible study), the basics of Christian living (tithing, serving, being in community, knowing God’s word, etc), a feeling that they are connected to a local body of believers, a desire to share their faith as a witness and as a disciple-maker themselves.
A way you can tell that a discipling relationship was a fruitful investment of your time and energy (beyond the fact that God rewards faithfulness) is that your disciple is making disciples who make disciples.
My greatest hope is that through Christ, many believers would take this vision from Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 and discipleship would have an exponential effect on this exponentially growing world.
So as I wrap this up, ask yourself, “Am I willing to re-evaluate my priorities, the things which I value and invest my time in, and shift my priorities toward Christ and making disciples even at the expense of old, less valuable activities?” If there has been a better way to do this, don’t you think Jesus would have done it? So let’s have the hard conversations, and let’s go make some disciples.

Q&A: Why Should I Memorize Scripture?

This would be ridiculously long if I included the full versions of each scripture I use. So please, as you read this, read the Scripture along with it. I believe God wants all of his children to know him and to know what he has said.

In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus resists temptation using Scripture.
In Psalm 119, David explains that knowing Scripture is the way to be pure.
In Joshua 1:8, Joshua explains that success in life comes from meditating and speaking the words of the Bible.
In Ephesians 6:13-18,  Paul tells us the word of God is our sword, to fight Satan and his angels. Paul says further in Colossians, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
Not to mention in Hebrews 4:12 it says, “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
These verses show that God uses his word to transform us, but it must be done from within which means we must have his word within us. Therefore, we must know God’s word.

Romans 1:20-21,28 make it clear that it is worth whatever effort it takes to know God’s word. James 1:22-25 tells us that once we know the Scripture (and it is sinful to not know it as a Christian) it is our duty to act upon it. We must be doers of the word, not just hearers.

John 1:1 says Jesus is the word of God. So with that being said, I want to show you in my words what Jesus in John 15:5-8 says.
“If you remain in me [the word] and I [the word] remain in you, I will give you what you ask for and you will be fruitful, which will show others that you are my disciples and will be glorifying to my Father. If you do not remain in me [the word] and I [the word] am not in you, you will not be connected to me, and will not receive what you desire.”
These things in mind, please consider committing to memorize at least one piece of God’s word consistently, whether that is a verse a week, or a few verses daily.
Here are some verses which contain fundamental knowledge of Christ and the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Galatians 2:20
Romans 12:1
John 14:21
2 Timothy 3:16
Joshua 1:8
John 15:7
Philippians 4:6,7
Matthew 18:20
Hebrews 10:24,25
Matthew 4:19
Romans 1:16

My Salvation Pt 1

I want to do a series of story essays that tell the story of how God saved me and changed my life.
This is the first of many or at least a few. Please read and enjoy.

I was  probably about six at the time. It was Palm Sunday, 1999, and that means I was six or about to be six. I could look at an old calendar, but I just remember my baby brother and the Easter egg hunt which was the week before Easter at the church my family went to at that time. My dad was the youth pastor, I think. He definitely was the youth pastor there at some point, but I am not sure if he was then or not. And my older sister, Bec, was eight at the time. We were both pretty smart kids, reading five to six hundred page novels. We loved British books. I guess I was in first or second grade. I am not too good at remembering timelines, but I can approximate; I do know I was a grade ahead of kids my age. We were all homeschooled for most of our childhood, but eventually I went to Christian private school, a charter school, a magnet school, and a public school. That all comes later.
It was pretty early that Sunday morning, and we were dressed nicely because it was the kind of church where you did not just wear jeans and a t-shirt. Not to mention it was Palm Sunday service. It was a weird thing that involved palm fronds and I don’t know the details, but I am glad I was young and got to do Sunday School instead. Well Bec and I, although she was Rebecca then, were out on the back porch talking. She was explaining Jesus to me as best she could. I think children are extremely lucky being able to just accept things that would seem crazy to any rational adult. Child like faith and all. I imagine it went something like this.
“So God loves people?” I asked.
“Yes.” She said, “But people are evil because we sin, and God is good and He hates sin.”
“So He hates evil, and we are evil but He loves us?”
“Yes. See He has this son whose name is Jesus. He came as a baby and then grew up and
He died to pay for our sins so we wouldn’t be evil and God could love us again.”
“Well that sounds good.” I said. And I knew there was a God, and I knew I did bad things so it all made sense to me. “So what do I have to do?”
“Just pray and tell God that you’re sorry you sinned and that you are gonna let Jesus pay for your sins and that you love Him and you won’t sin anymore.”
“Ok. I want to do that. How does the prayer work?”

She told me to repeat after her, and we said the sinner’s prayer and I was saved. Then we went to church and later I told my parents and they were very happy.
I guess that was when I was saved, but I don’t know that my life changed very much because of it. Well Jesus did change my life, a lot, actually. But that came later.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Devil vs. Humanity

This is a story poem. Unlike most of my recent writing which is more floetry.
I hope I have done this subject justice.

Let me tell you this old story
To introduce my father God in all His glory
He sits on His throne
Judging all men alone
Satan the accuser
And abuser of grace
Will be the loser
Put back in his place
As he faces the only begotten Son
Of the Holy One
Who is our advocate
He’ll be more than adequate
If we let him win
We’ve already won

By my recollection
It was always His intention
since before our conception
to offer His affection and attention
by divine intervention
an invention for exemption
to get our defection
from the kingdom of deception
to His place of protection

Seems like we slow dance with temptation
and everyone from every generation
and nation since creation
will receive a citation
to face this same accusation
which could result in either
damnation or salvation
depending on our invocation
both of them are master’s of elocution
the prosecution presses for execution
but the advocate offers a substitution
that will bring us absolution
and the judge comes to this resolution

“Here’s my finding:
the Law indeed is binding.
So the punishment will fit the crime;
Somebody has to do the time.”

The prosecutor says “Look here!
It’s said that the wages of sin are death.”

“Look again,” say the counsellor
“Because with his last breath
a Savior said, ‘Paid in full.
It is finished.’
And by his blood being spilled
the whole Law is fulfilled
the man who was killed
was raised from the dead,
and he ought to be praised
because he has said,
‘Anyone who follows me
will be set free from mortality.”
He said this with finality,
and within the bounds of legality.”

The Son is completely enthused
As He turns to address the accused,
He is resplendent and transcendent; He says,
“Defendant, if you are fed up with carnality,
being held hostage in bondage
then redefine your reality,
and defy the principalities’ brutality
by embracing my new morality.
And even though you may struggle
with the duality of your flesh
and your spirituality,
my liberality shows no partiality.
I offer my vitality to you all in totality.”

To he who let Him defend them
The Judge says, “Well done,
good and faithful servant.
I see you know my Son.
Your hope has been fervent.
You were trustworthy with my gifts
while you were in my employ.
Now enter into my kingdom,
and share in my joy.”

But to those who faced Satan alone
The Judge says from His throne,
“Though it brings me no pleasure;
by your own measure you’re measured
So depart from me,
for I never knew you.
You rejected my Son.
you rejected what’s true.
You turned from my mercy,
so we are now through.”

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chicago Bound

John 13:35
Jesus said, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I have been accepted to a year of service in inner city Chicago which starts September 1st. This is really exciting to me because it will be an amazing opportunity to really serve a community for God and to live Christianity out in community. I get to love people and meet their needs by partering with a service agency and volunteering 4 days a week to either mentor kids and keep them out of gangs or work at a homeless shelter.
I appreciate your prayers, encouragements and any other support I may get from you in advance.
This is just something I wrote kind of in response to my feelings about what I will be doing for God.

Sometimes I feel like
I’m a sheep in wolf’s clothing
When I get this sense of self loathing
From the church cause I feel like I don’t relate
And I hesitate to act and it’s too late
Calling myself a Christian will associate me
With things I know Jesus hates, see
Like condemning and judging
By legalistic rules taught by men
And if it wasn’t working then
What makes people think it’ll work now?

And it’s so terrible
Often times it feels unbearable
Like Christ has become unshare-able
Because everyone else is so scare-able
When they are judged for their actions
For not being part of the political factions
They get ridiculed and scorned like sideshow attractions

And it’s so ridiculous that their “immoral behavior”
Somehow could stop us from sharing our Savior
And when I think about the Great Commission
I get a vision of a rescue mission
And by my own admission
This derision and division
Has caused me to make this decision

Because I know separating wheat from chaff
On a map or a power point graph
Has never been our job to do
We’re witnesses called to speak what’s true
And the sick, poor and needy
We are here for you

So when we sit down to our Sunday chicken dinners
And we feel like we’re big winners
Cause we don’t know any “sinners”
I feel like that in no way resembles Jesus Christ
Who would never have to think twice
About sitting down at a table
With anybody willing and able
To accept him
And we’ll say, “We love everyone..
Except him.”
Because so and so is such and such
Or maybe they sin too much
And we are all in such a rush
To reject them
But Jesus said, “Accept them
Just as they are.
Because what you do
To the least of these
You do to me
Even the dirty man
With skin disease,
He is the one you ought to please;
The prostitutes and gamblers,
The lowly food handlers,
The down and out
Without a way out,
They’re the ones
The gospel’s all about.”

When we help them
We may be entertaining angels
But we’d rather entertain ourselves
Because we don’t relate to the feeling of desperation
Or elation when in the right timing needs are met
Because we always forget
God is Jehovah Jireh
The Provider
He is the Great Physician
Not some cheap magician
His love conquers hate
It’s what we’re called to duplicate

So I want to help rescue humanity
From total depravity, sin and vanity
From pride and selfishness
Not just with abstinence
But with selflessness
Serving with deference
Forgoing my own preference
Forgetting my sinful desires
Because that’s what it’s gonna require
To inspire those stuck
In the muck and the mire
And my goals are so much higher
Than getting rich and ready to retire
Because I am so tired
Of feeling like a liar for hire
By selling heaven as insurance
So folks can just avoid the fire
Because a relationship with God’s
Not a hard sell, it sells it self
Jesus’ gospel’s so strong
It never needed my help

And I refuse to get caught up in what matters not
I wouldn’t think twice before I sell all I got
Because I know that’s how the Kingdom of Heaven is bought
It’s a pearl of great price, so nice
That once you get it, you got it for life
And my money’s worth so much more
When it’s given to the poor
That’s what it’s really there for
Cause where my treasure is
There my heart is, too
Which is why building the Kingdom
Is all that I want to do

I know my reward’s
Gonna be sublime
Cause I wisely invest
My talents and my time
In heavenly things
It’s like a 401k
And when I get to that place
There’s gonna be a payday
Saving souls and bearing fruit
Is the name of the game
Jesus said it himself
So I know it’s safe to say

But most of all
We should love God
And one another
And if you wonder
Who’s your father or your mother
Your sister or your brother
Anyone who loves the Son
Won’t stop till they’re done
Serving God and each other