Over the years I have also learned that it pays to serve God. I don't minister for the Lord because of what I get paid. In the past I've been asked some interesting questions: "So, you're a missionary, Is there any money in that?" or "Why would you want to go to college for that? You'll never make any money!" One unsaved neighbor even told us, "You two could do so much more, you will starve to death trying to be missionaries!" You see the world doesn't understand God's economy. Since we surrendered for full time Christian service we have never lacked anything. We have never had debt. We are content and we have purpose in our lives. We have basically never had to ask anyone to loan us money. Every need has always been met. As an added bonus we are very happy people! We've learned it really does pay to serve God. We have blessings that money can't buy!
Now if you are one of our faithful supporters please don't take this as an excuse to cut our support! (We are currently a little under-supported!) You see God has taught us to be happy with the things that we have. We've learning more and more each day to place value in eternal things. Consider the words of Matthew 6:19-21, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:33 then sums up why it pays to serve God: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" God will teach us what has eternal value and He will bless us with eternal riches far beyond what we can ever imagine.
This week I've learned it "pays to walk!" More importantly I've been reminded that it "pays to serve God!"