What about the salary?

February 27, 2009 at 4:15 am 1 comment

Ft. McDowell, Arizona. Eagle View RV Resort.

We are back in one of our favorite RV parks where we stayed for over a month last winter, but this time it will only be for 3 nights.  Sunday morning we will drive up the mountain to Payson, to the home of our friends Chuck and Nancy, where we will be for a while.  More on that later.

I have always been one who has tried to keep our finances in a place where I didn’t have to concern myself with how we were going to live or take care of our family and other responsibilities.  For the most part, over the years, we have done well in that regard.  However, the last 3+ years have been very different related to finances, more so than anytime in the last 20.  Neither of us have had a full time salary for several years and the small income we do have comes from a variety of sources that, like all incomes today, are not as secure as they were. 

So these last years have been teaching me some huge lessons about money, about what I am willing to do regardless of whether it pays anything or not and forced me to get serious about whether I will trust my Father and go where He leads or only go where I know there will be provision.  Am I willing to serve my King regardless of the salary or will I only go where the question of income is settled first?

A good steady income is one of the surest ways I know to put our trust in ourselves and not in our Father and an income that is not so steady or secure forces the issue of faith to the front.  At least for me. 

For several years, Linda has been a steady reader of the Oswald Chambers classic My Utmost for His Highest.  I am more of a read in spurts kind of Chambers fan.  His writings are consistently anointed in ways few others are and yesterday and today’s are dead on related to the above subject.  It is amazing how often the daily reading is appropriate for where I am living on that day.

Here is the one for February 25. I trust it will catch your heart as it did mine.
THE DESTITUTION OF SERVICE

“Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Corinthians 12:15

Natural love expects some return, but Paul says – I do not care whether you love me or not, I am willing to destitute myself completely, not merely for your sakes, but that I may get you to God. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” Paul’s idea of service is exactly along that line – I do not care with what extravagance I spend myself, and I will do it gladly. It was a joyful thing to Paul.

The institutional church idea of a servant of God is not Jesus Christ’s idea. His idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of other men. Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists. He says that in His Kingdom he that is greatest shall be the servant of all. The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples’ feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men but count everything in the estimate of God. Paul delighted to spend himself out for God’s interests in other people, and he did not care what it cost.

We come in with our economical notions – “Suppose God wants me to go there – what about the salary? What about the climate? How shall I be looked after? A man must consider these things.” All that is an indication that we are serving God with a reserve. The apostle Paul had no reserve. Paul focuses Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint in his life, viz.: not one who proclaims the Gospel merely, but one who becomes broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for other lives.

 You can read each days offering HERE if you would like a daily blessing..

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Bible, Christian, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Finance, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, Kingdom, Kingdom Gospel, Money, Oswald Chambers, Revelation, Thoughts, Travel.

Summit recap. Bob Mumford (4) Drawing water ourselves.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Doug  |  February 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I sat beneath your teaching as you received a salary. I learned and grew in my understanding of the Word. I’ve sat beneath your teaching as you have drawn little to no salary. I’ve learned much more about a deeper understanding and relationship.
    To God be the Honor and Glory!

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