Thursday, January 13, 2011

I don't want to help people anymore

Yes the title is for shock value.  So now that you're reading, let's move on, because I think this is a good story.

For well over a year I have had a desire to get some sort of financial counseling certification.  This was born out of wanting to help parents of campers better manage their money.  The scholarship program at Camp of Champions provides an opportunity for nearly any family to send their kids to camp.  At the same time it often reveals how poorly the average American uses their money.  Sometimes we bless the kid with a scholarship to camp, but secretly shake our head at the parents use of money.

So I wanted to be certified to help people with their money.  You know, get them back on track so they can be better stewards of their resources and honor God with their money.

But not any more.  I don't want to help people with their money problems anymore.  (And no, one this isn't for shock value.)

It just recently hit me that what I really want to do is help people follow Jesus and be like him.

Money can be an outward sign of our relationship with Christ.  But if I only seek to fix the outward symptom, and not go after people's hearts and point them to Christ, have I truly followed Jesus' commands?  And if they truly become a follower of Jesus, the money will take care of itself.

I'm still thinking this through, but what 'symptoms' are you desiring to help people with, when what they really need is to be changed by Jesus?

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