We’re in Nigeria and a lot of people are experiencing the recession. Rich or poor we feel the difference. And so a lot of people have gladly welcomed the idea of ‘MMM’. Let’s call it the Money Making Machine. You pay them some amount of money and then you have to get about 4 other people to sign up for the scheme; then cha-ching! You cash out. But we’re not really here to talk about the Ponzi scheme. We’re here to extract the message from it.
Isn’t it kinda hypocritical how we can easily persuade and motivate people to sign up for the scheme, but when it comes to selling the person of Jesus, all of a sudden, our tongues are tied. The scary thing is that most of us aren’t guilty of this because we just don’t want to talk about the Father but because we don’t have anything to say about Him. We got born again, but we never evolved into being a Christian. We’re still just there. Born again and nothing more.
This is how we lose sight of the ultimate value of our lives. We gladly chase superficial things. Things that can blow up in our faces in a couple of minutes. While neglecting the ultimate value that’s Jesus.
The return you get from following Jesus is much more than you’d get from MMM, so why are people preaching MMM more than they are preaching God? Here’s the reason! We just don’t feel preaching God is good business. At this point we’ll look at the Bible. There are so many instances of people whose lives drastically changed because they had an experience with the man called Jesus.
In Acts 4: 13 (KJV), after the Holy Ghost came on the disciples, the Pharisees were stunned, look what they had to say, ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus’. These were men that hadn’t had any formal training and now they could speak and get people’s attention. Not because they need the attention, but because they had to speak the Truth that they had experienced. When you talk about Jesus, you identify with the ultimate value in this life.
In Philippians 3:8 (NLT), Paul had this to say, ‘Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ’. This is somebody who had almost everything good in life. He had a good job, he had money, and he was a bona fide Roman citizen. Along the line, he realized that serving God was better business than all the achievements in human eyes.
Until we come to this realization our personal life and our Christianity will be two separate things. Christianity should be your personal life. They aren’t two different things.