In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus is approached and is asked of a young man to help him obtain his inheritance. Jesus uses this opportunity to touch a deeper issue, the long-term investment of our lives. He tells a parable of a man who unexpectantly has a bountiful harvest and decides to store it up and retire early. However, God holds him accountable, he faces death and leaves it all behind for others to have. Jesus leaves him with these words, “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21
We just finished 5 weeks of summer camps. We had children from all over the state of Georgia come through our camps. The amazing thing is that we survived 5 weeks of camp. We’ve dreamed and prayed through the years of being able to expand our camp ministry and this year we were finally able to do so. The Lord blessed us with children making Professions of Faith and many others growing in their faith and in their love of the outdoors. We took kids bream and bass fishing as well as shark fishing with our older boy’s camp at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve. We took them on hog hunts and had 6 pigs taken during our older boy’s camp in Hawkinsville. We introduced kids to archery, .22’s and shotguns. For the older boys we also introduced handgun safety and shot watermelons with .223’s. Needless to say we’ve had a fun and rewarding summer.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for some key people who have chosen to be “Rich Towards God.” People who God has blessed through the years with hard work and good stewardship and are now in a position to use those blessings for God’s glory and the building of His kingdom. I wont name names but thank you to all who have given to make this ministry possible.
We are all blessed and we all choose how we will use those blessings. It’s August and we men are already turning our attention towards the fall hunting season. We just finished with a ministry booth at the GON Outdoor Blast in Atlanta and will soon be at the Buckarama in Perry, GA. It is always fun to watch guys put on camo in the summer, come to these shows, and spend money their wives didn’t know they had. We men do so because hunting is important to us. Sometimes too important. When we give more of ourselves to hunting than we do to God, our wives, or our children we’re being rich towards the wrong things. What are you being rich toward? Where do you spend most of your time, money and daydreams toward? This coming fall be rich toward God and the relationships that really matter.