From Eli’s Desk
Jan 23, 2018 990
This week, I received an instant scratchie in the GNU mail. It was already “scratched,” revealing a $US196,000 win in a Malaysian promotion. It had been sent to me by one of our lovely and faithful supporters, who was in difficult financial circumstances, and was sorry that they couldn’t financially support the work of GNU right now. (By the way, if you’re in similar circumstances, please don’t lose any sleep over it! God values your heart more than your wallet.) Anyway, this person, God bless them, thought that GNU should have the $US196,000 win, rather than use it themselves.
Before I claimed this big windfall for GNU, I thought I would do some investigation online. Sadly, I discovered that this instant scratchie was a scam, although the person who sent it to me was not to know.
This got me thinking about scams. Without Jesus Christ, most of life is a scam, isn’t it? All that glitters is certainly not gold! Smiles and laughter can cover broken hearts. Credit cards can cover empty bank balances. Make-up can cover failing health. And in the end, there’s death. But that’s not what it’s like for followers of Jesus!
That’s why it’s important for us to invest in what is real and true and lasting. We have to put our lives, our love, our passion, and yes – our money – in what will always yield a full and eternal reward. That’s the Kingdom of God, to which we have full access through the Good News of Jesus Christ. Because in the end, everything else is just a scam.
And by the way, if anyone out there actually has $US196,000 for sharing the Gospel, we’d be more than glad to put that to good use for you!
Grace and Peace,
Eliezer Gonzalez, Senior Pastor, Good News Unlimited