Dr. Shack Attack
Imagine for a moment; There is a doctor who has just been given a temporary visa to Haiti. He has the only cure for a deadly disease along with standard medical and training equipment. Someone he has never seen has generously supplied him financially with whatever he may need or ask, in order that he may train the native people to use the supplies and equipment. However, during the doctor’s stay, he notices a very nice shack with a beach front view. He uses most of his time and resources fixing up the shack and making himself a comfortable island getaway. Sure, there are people dying of disease all around him, yet the bulk of his time is spent in his comfy little beach shack. After all, he’s worked hard, and deserves a little comfort. “Right?
“All that he has built
must be left behind.”
3 years have now passed and he is informed that his visa has expired. All that he has built must be left behind. When he returns to America, his benefactor asks him to give an account of his trip, noticing that some of the original medicine and supplies were never opened or used. The doctor reports that while there were very many sick and dying people all around him, he spent most of his time and resources on creature comforts and building a “really nice shack on the beach.”
That story should make people sick to their stomach, but in all honesty, that’s the way I have lived most of my life as a Christian. God sent His son Jesus, to die in my place, to forgive my sins, and justify me before God and make me a new creation. But instead of Him taking me “Home” instantly, He has given me a short mission here on earth. The mission: to love Him with all I am and all I have, to love others as I love myself, and to share the “Cure,” the Good News, with the “sick,” the unbelievers, and teach them about the mission. But I somewhere down the line got off track, much like the doctor in the story, I started living for myself and working on my version a “shack.”
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 1Peter 2:11 (NLT)
Instead of living as a foreigner or temporary resident, I acted like this was a permanent home. My prayers were selfish, and “off-mission.” I see this mentality in a lot of believers today as well, an off-mission mentality. There’s more focus on the gifts, than on the Giver of the gifts. And what’s more, we have missed the actual purpose of the gifts. The gifts are primarily FOR the mission, not for our comfort.
“The gifts are primarily FOR the
mission, not for our comfort.”
I have to say, that there is nothing wrong with having things we enjoy, as long as the things don’t “have” us. God gives us richly all things to enjoy. But we should not be prideful in nor trust in riches and “things,” which are so unreliable. That’s like boasting about a “nice shack” in Haiti. Instead, we are advised in 1 Timothy 6:18 to use the things God blesses us with for good so that we can be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share; which actually ends up storing “a good foundation for the time to come.” There it is again. Its about being on-mission. When we see our life the way God sees our life, its not supposed to be aimless or self-centered, its about the mission.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Our mission is to Love God, Love others, and share the gospel. It’s simple, clear-cut and concise. We are only here temporarily.
What answer will you give when God asks you to give an account of the resources He gave you during your mission here on earth?
Thank you for reading, Be Blessed.