Poverty in itself is not a blessing, nor are riches necessarily a curse. But I do believe it is easier for poor people to be fervent in the Lord’s service than for those who are wealthy. An old story illustrates the point well.
In an area where ocean ships often crashed on the rocks in violent weather was a harbor town widely known for its dedicated rescue team. Whenever the siren sounded, a group of men rushed to the scene of the accident, risking life and limb to save the sailors from drowning. After several years the citizens had enough money to build a rescue station close to the shore, which greatly facilitated the operation. A little later, some of the people took special training and became even more efficient. As time went by, they added some comforts and conveniences to the building. They furnished it with a lounge and a kitchen, then a bar and sleeping quarters. Finally it became a club where the townspeople gathered to have fun and relax. The alarm still sounded but nobody responded anymore. They were reluctant to leave their comforts and pleasures. A number of people would drown offshore, but no one seemed to notice.
Can we view this story as a picture of the change that takes place among Christians as we begin to amass this world’s goods? Do we grow less concerned about the lost? Have we taken on a country club mentality? Have we gone from Christianity to mere religious formality?I am afraid we have. We do not need a country club mentality – but we do need revival!
What to do:
✞ Don't be a country club Christian.
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