Some of the most selfless people I’ve ever met, sold everything, and moved their family to Nicaragua to embark on the adventure of a lifetime of ministering to the Mesquite Indians of Nicaragua. Amazingly, their young adult children joyfully serve with them as well. These beautiful young people have given up their social pursuits and future plans in a developed country to serve God in a place with few amenities, an unruly an government, and little personal contact with the friends and family they grew up with.
Oh! And their life there involves lots of dirty, hard work.
Knowing them, challenged me to assess my level of sacrificial commitment to God! Knowing them didn’t make me feel guilty for not doing enough; it made me feel as if I was missing out! I wondered if my choices were limiting the joy that God intends for me. These missionaries are not afraid for their future; their attitude is not “Woe is me, I’m a missionary, please send your money.” No! It’s obvious that they are living the greatest adventure of their lives! Is made me ask myself if my life was too encumbered by my pursuit of material things that I was missing the great adventure God had destined for me. I began asking God: How do I get rid of the baggage and get on with the adventure?
Well, God didn’t tell me to sell everything and move to an underdeveloped country. Rather, He challenged me to start living in the adventure of self sacrifice—not just giving money—but giving my time, heart and mind for Him. The Bible says:
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what God has put in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
When each day is spent giving my time, resources, mind and heart for kingdom business, I live an amazing adventure!
I watch God meet my needs while I meet the needs of others. It’s just like the experience I observed in my missionary friends—I never feel deprived or sorrowful while I’m giving for God. The more we live in the adventure of giving, the more we can’t wait to see where God takes us next!
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