On an outreach in Swaziland a year and a half ago, Garth and I were preparing supper for our team. As we worked around the campfire we started discussing living normally and living as missionaries. Our conversation focused on Jesus’ words recorded in Luke 18:28 – 30: And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” We have sold or given away everything, left family, friends and comfortable living; for what? What will be our reward? Will our reward be greater than other Christians? One thing will is certain, our concept of rewards is different than God’s. What will stand the test of fire? Will our works and motivates stand up under the test of God’s fire? What we thing is gold may disappear under the flames of fire and be shown as ash.
Garth and I agreed that we recognize that we have received far more than we ever thought possible from the Lord’s hand. Kathe and I have talk at different times about how God has abundantly blessed us materially even though we have have given or sold 98% of our worldly possessions. We are actually living better now on less than before. Before we were working for our earthly welfare and gain. Now our work has taken on an eternal value.