The story is told, by one of the Third Wilson Street orphan girls present at the time, of the day when all the children were led into the dining room for breakfast–but there was absolutely no food in the house. Nevertheless, George Müller, the orphanage director, sat the children at the table, which had been set for breakfast, fully confident that God would provide.
As they gave thanks for the food they were about to eat, there was a knock at the door. The baker stood there, with a basket of freshly baked bread. He explained that God had woken him in the middle of the night and told him to go and bake bread for the orphans. As he left, the milkman appeared. The wheel had fallen off his cart right outside the orphan house, and he needed help to mend it. However, he believed that if he left it unattended, the milk on-board would be stolen. As he was going to lose the milk anyway, he would rather give it to George Müller.
What we believe determines what we do.
As we talked this weekend about our core values, I couldn’t get help but think that we’re missing out on following Jesus the way He intended. I’m concerned from what I see that we’re not viewing following Jesus the same as George Müller did in 1837. It may be me but I rarely hear of these kinds of stories with our current American view of following Jesus. For some of us, following Jesus is about convenience instead of commitment. Others it’s about how much can I get away with instead of how much should I give away. If we believe that following Jesus is about getting into heaven, then it makes sense that we’re living for ourselves now while we can. If we believe that following Jesus is about now and then, we should be living for Him while we can.
This isn’t a declaration to judge you but to join you in following Jesus Jesus’ way.