– by Tendai Chitsike

Mark Twain once observed: ‘Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.’ In different ways, we are repeatedly told that this or that hot topic is the most pressing issue of our day. Education, poverty, world peace, the environment, issues of race, class, and gender, and psychological trauma have all made such claims. It follows that whatever we think is the most pressing issue is that which we should give substantial time, ability, and money towards. A look at history will tell us that while these are important issues, none of them provide a foundational cornerstone to regenerate a sick world. As examples, Nazi-controlled Germany was the most literate nation in the world at the time. 

The experience of many Western nations is that while economic prosperity certainly has benefits, prosperity coupled with the rejection of its Christian roots has in fact created several new problems. If none of these is the supreme issue, then what is? Our central problem remains the same: our desperate need for salvation from our sin and the cultivation of a God-centred life. It follows then that our primary concern must be the message of the Gospel. In Mark 14, a woman broke an alabaster jar of perfume and poured the expensive fragrance on Jesus. His disciples were angered by this, seeing it as an expensive waste, insisting that the money from this should rather have been given to the poor. Jesus described this act as a beautiful thing that must be retold wherever the Gospel is preached around the world. In doing so, Jesus prioritised His sacrifice on the Cross and the Gospel that follows, above every other cause. In a world clamouring for our money to go to all sorts of causes, may we never underestimate the immense value of giving our time and money to the Gospel.

Article source: JOY! Magazine (November 2018)

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