It was a great idea.
“Let’s buy them some food & coffee, they don’t expect it, they are working hard, it will be a real encouragement to them.” Said my wife, I quickly added, “and we can make a sign saying, ‘with love from Meta’ (our church name)”
That way I thought to myself, they would know where the love is coming from. We could get a possible ‘return on the investment’, people in the neighborhood would start to see how kind and generous we are, they would appreciate us more and want to be a part of what we are doing, this is “relational entrepreneurship” at it’s finest, who could fault this kind of thinking, it’s a win for everyone, these blissful thoughts continued to fill my mind, as I envisioned what the card might look like. My wife didn’t seem as convinced as me. Then like a party ruining rain cloud the words of Jesus drenched my mind.
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Well, that kind of talk doesn’t help me get the publicity I need to build this church! That is precisely Jesus’ point. The Good news of Jesus has nothing to do with self-glory. Healthy churches serve in the shadows. Self-glory is the opposite of God’s glory and when it comes to following Jesus individually and as a community, you can’t have both. Christianity is bad for business but it’s great for life.