“It’s what you let go of, that God will surely multiply.” July 23, 2017
This unexpected conversation with a jovial elder businessman deeply touched me during Messenger Cup this week.
He shared the story of how he and his wife’s life would shift 35 years ago when they started seeding into the nations. Testimony after testimony of the times God blessed their finances, their health, and their marriage. It was as if he was passing on the hidden secret of a flourishing life this side of eternity.
I’ve been around riches before. The riches that come with Cambridge’s ivy tower academia. Riches that come with DC’s white-columned power houses. Riches that come with Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution. Yet, these institutions always left me feeling empty. I felt like a pauper. So I was never one to enjoy giving.
God would change that when he put Jan in my life. It’s sad to admit, but our first dates once consisted of sharing cold leftover spaghetti because I was too stingy to lavish her with the nice things she deserved. But somehow she stuck with me. And over time, it was her regal lifestyle that wrecked me. Not that she was rich by any worldly sense. But she lived in such a way that she knew who her Abba Father is. Though her bank account was strapped, her deep-rooted identity in Christ took her to the front lines of the spiritual battlefield. And her testimonies of God’s providence during those seasons would rewire my tight-fisted spirit. It’s what compelled us to commit this marriage to stewarding whatever God places in our hands for the nations.
I was reminded of that commitment this week, as I recognized an odd joy in people. Joy in knowing that God will multiply these funds to pull millions out of intimidation and sin, into the light of eternity. At one point, I looked over at Jan. Though it’s been a rough season for this fish out of her ocean, I saw a girl who knew she was home, there in the midst of business leaders and church pioneers whose hearts are on fire for the Kingdom.
We were at home. And the hidden secret that the elder businessman and his wife held onto for 35 years was hidden no more. We’re merely catching up.