Many years ago my dad was encouraged to invest in what seemed like a very easy way to make money. There is a saying which goes like this, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Well, my dad soon became suspicious and realised the venture was something known as a "Pyramid Scheme". Defined by Wikipedia as follows:
"A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services. As recruiting multiplies, recruiting becomes quickly impossible, and most members are unable to profit; as such, pyramid schemes are unsustainable and often illegal."
I heard my dad refer to this many times over the years as he recounted what had happened at the time. This past week I was again reminded of it as I had a discussion with a Kenyan Pastor about Pyramid Schemes. More and more people are told, more and more join the scheme. They may make some money in the short term, but in the end they loose because it becomes unsustainable as investors get fewer and fewer. Usually the only person to profit in the end is the one at the top.
It got me thinking about the sharing the Gospel though. If only everyone who is saved would share the Gospel so keenly. Then more and more people would hear and be saved. The amazing thing is that the Gospel gives eternal life as we follow the Lord....it never becomes unsustainable and is open to all. I was reminded of a little chorus I used to sing with the children when I taught Sunday School.....
"If you tell two people and I tell two people
then four more people will know.
If they tell two people and they tell two people
then more and more people will know."
It is easy to tell people about the latest news or who is doing what or the latest entertainments. What about sharing the Gospel so that more and more people will know?
We thank God for opportunities in this past week to continue in service for the Lord. William has been leading meetings; yesterday he shared from God's word in the nursing home which was such a blessing; he has also been preparing for future meetings.
I have played the organ at meetings; finished writing our prayer letter; marked Child Protection Assignments.
Joyce has been caring for her own children who have been sick and continuing to oversee the work.
Joel has been preparing to represent Feed my Lambs at an event this week.
In different ways, we have been serving God so that more and more people will know. Pray for us this incoming week as we continue to serve the Lord.
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