Luke 12: 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “
Following Christ is not for wimps. How many books on the shelves do you see about Downward Mobility? Modern Christianity has jazzed up the gospel to make it more palatable for Capitalistic Christians. Jesus, however, in these passages suggests that we need to have the courage to be downwardly mobile. I have a great life, but I have to tell you its been downwardly mobile. 19 years ago, my wife and I left promising careers to pastor a fledgling church and we have watched it flourish through the years. From an economic perspective we don’t have much to show for it. Our church has been generous to us, but we have always kept ourselves behind the eight ball, by giving sacrificially, and putting our kids in costly Christian schools. We’ve never driven a new car and don’t really understand what a savings account is. We have been socking it away in an account that is recession proof. Thieves can’t steal it and its value only increases.
It takes courage to make the sacrifices necessary to put solid values in y our families. I can truly say that I would not trade a dime for the rewards I have gained from the perceived sacrifices we have made. My son Noah is getting ready to graduate from Murphysboro Christian Academy. He is my third child to receive his entire education in a Christ-centered environment. Every one of my children are involved in ministry and are world-changing Christians. Would you trade a new car for a rebellious child? Would you trade diamonds for a life without hope? People do it every day? Raising children for Jesus is not rocket science, but it does require a willingness to be downwardly mobile. The only way up in God’s kingdom is down.