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I discovered my treasure wasn’t Jesus and it broke me.
It happened in 2010 when I traveled to Kenya with Compassion International on a blogging trip –the journey that led to starting Mercy House Global.
Confession - Time - Heart - Condition - Today
I identified with this confession: “I avoided coming to visit the poor . . . for a long time. I was afraid my heart would be broken by their condition. Instead, today, I found my heart broken by my condition,” Ken David.
I’ve spent the time since seeking my satisfaction in Jesus. Don’t get me wrong. I was a good person, a faithful wife, an intentional mother, and a regular churchgoer, but I was satisfying myself with treasures that would not last. I was full of things that left me feeling empty. I was pious and judged those who weren’t like me, and I was wrecked when I discovered just how poor I really was. I was the rich young ruler. I was the Christian that David Platt referred to in his book Radical:
Difference - Someone - Pleasures - Bible - Purity
So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church.
I had always thought that what I had been given was a blessing for me to keep rather than a gift for...
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