I went to school with a kid whose parents paid him money to go to school. Neither he nor his parents valued his education nor understood that learning is the reward for going to school, not parties, payments, or presents.
I’ve seen Kenyan roads lined with children during the school day. They were being sent home from school because their parents couldn’t pay the monthly school fees. Ask any of those children and each would tell you that they’d rather be in school learning. It is their only hope of bettering their lives.
A friend of mine was asked, “What will I get if I become a Christian?”
My friend answered, “You’ll be reconciled to God the Father.”
The man replied, “Yeah, but what will I get?” Having a relationship with God wasn’t reward enough.
The ancient Biblical King David wrote, One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple (Psalm 27:4). David’s simple desire was to be near to God.
The value of Heaven isn’t seeing dead loved ones, but seeing the Lord Jesus who lives forever.
The value in salvation isn’t getting walk streets of gold, but in being reconciled to God.
The value of Christianity is Christ Jesus.
** To watch video highlights of our 2016 ministry trip to Kenya, click HERE.