This is something I wrote a long time ago. I found it while looking for something else and felt prompted to share.
The Currency of God
“And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Corinthians 12:15
You are God’s Cash
God’s wealth is not gold, oil, or diamonds; it’s not held in stocks, bonds, CDs, or Gold Bars. God’s wealth is in His Church. God’s wealth, currency, and money are His People, specifically those he chooses to be in the five-fold ministry.
Jesus purchases cities, regions, families, and souls by spending those he has chosen and are obedient.
God will spend these lives in his passionate desire to save a lost soul.
It is amazing the sacrifice individuals are asked and obey to do in pursuit of answering God’s demand on their life.
“For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” Acts 9:16
The Apostle Paul’s introduction to his walk with God promised suffering. We see that he gave himself entirely to this call of suffering. Paul advised those not married to remain that way, because marriage would set you up to obligations that would distract and deduct your bandwidth and availability. Paul was a radical, and he advised that same extreme sacrifice.
I often am in awe of the sacrifice and commitment that some are willing to extend when God has chosen to spend them.
In reading countless books and listening intently to missionary and ministry stories, I have been in awe of how God loves to invest people into a lost world to accomplish great things in the kingdom.
God demonstrates His value in you when he chooses to spend you to reach a soul, a family, a church, and a city.
Today, no doubt across this world, men and women are surrendering their preference, pleasure, and comfort because God has invested them where they are.
I remember as a young man during a season of prayer having a spiritual vision. In this moment, I felt the Lord confirm His call on my life and in that moment I felt such a heavy burden and sensed great darkness, difficulty, and trials. I have often likened it to the darkness that settled on Abraham when God showed him the future suffering of Isreal.
Great fear settled on me I felt unable and in a word, unwilling.
I got up from that time of prayer with a firm resolve. “I want to be a rich tithe-payer.”
This remained my firm conviction for several years. I shared many times in jest and yet serious,
“I just want to be a rich tithe-payer.”
When I finally surrendered to the call, till this day, I have no regrets about being spent by God for His purpose.
How much cash do you have?
If you have $100 and you go to the grocery store, and you buy meat, cheese, bread, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, coffee, and tea. However, you also purchase trash bags, toilet paper, light bulbs, and maybe a box of straws.
Let’s say your currency has an opinion and resists the idea of being spent on buying trash bags or toilet paper. Do you care what your cash wants to purchase?
No, because your purpose is to purchase your priorities, and some of that cash is going to be spent on lesser things. I would say that almost without exception, everyone has been spent in ways, times, and places not of your choosing.
However, in time God teaches us to rejoice in an opportunity to be spent for his kingdom, even if it may be in small and insignificant ways.
To be counted in the treasury of God.
To be included in the tally with those who have suffered and sacrificed so much.
To appreciate how they have blessed the kingdom.
To be included in that grand total of God’s wealth.
I might be a simple penny, but that penny is a part of an unspeakable wealth.
This March Morning,
What an honor to serve with each of you in God’s pocket, in God’s wallet, in the treasure house of God.
He is choosing to spend you today to accomplish His Purpose.
I salute every one of you that have decided to answer the call of God. Wherever you are in your life in the sunrise or sunset, you are still available for God’s will.
I can hear an old-fashioned cash register.
Spent and Spending,
In Him, By Him Through Him,
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
God is keeping a record, God will repay.
It’s gonna be worth it all, some beautiful happy day. God will repay. He will not forget your labor of love. There will be a payday one day when you hear him say, “Well done though, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy I have prepared for you.”