On our way through security in the US yesterday I came across this sign that said “treat yourself” and thought it was an odd saying to have plastered throughout a TSA checkpoint. Where people scramble to basically derobe in order to get through the scanners and then quickly shove everything together to get as far away from security as possible in as little time as possible. Not exactly what I’d consider treating yourself. Needless to say I had to take a picture of such a sign. Once we boarded our plane for the first 5 hour leg of our journey to La Paz I settled in to read a book I was given for Christmas that has brought me an enourmous amount of encouragement over the past days. The book is “Let The Nations Be Glad” by John Piper. It is all about God’s supremacy in our lives, especially as it relates to mission. The section I was reading was about suffering which was quite a contrast to the “treat yourself” slogan we had just left.
I felt as though the Lord was intentionally grabbing me in a place I didn’t want to be grabbed. As I read story after story, and scripture after scripture on how God used suffering to advance his kingdom I found myself engaged in an inner battle between what I was reading and the “treat yourself” world I live in. I was then challenged with a story that I’ve heard many times. The story of the man who stumbled upon a great treasure in a field and immediately sold all his possessions so he could go and buy the field and enjoy the treasure. It would be easy to think that this man didn’t suffer, but think about what he did. He sold everything he had worked his whole life for. Imagine he had just paid off his big house and 4-5 year old sedan. He had nice furniture and maybe a manicured lawn with some nice landscaping. He gave up his comfortability in order to attain a treasure much greater.
I felt, and still feel, convicted with the thought, “what price would you pay to see the nations reached?” “What price to see the father glorified?” That’s the ultimate treasure. If the answer is anything less than everything I am not willing to suffer to see the Great Commission be completed.
We have now reached our destination in La Paz and will begin some much anticipated training with local leaders today. The question for all of us today should be “what price are we willing to pay to see the name of Jesus glorified?” Join me in praying that today no price will be too great!!
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