The good cause of the Gospel

June 26, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Dr. Ousmane Soh checks the blood pressure of a patient at his clinic in Dahra, Senegal, during a PMT visit last year. (Photo by Dr. Greg Kuiper)

(Editor's note: Dr. Diane Krall is a family practice doctor from Groveland, IL. She and her husband, Kyle, are members of a Partnership Ministry Team to Dr. Ousmane Soh's ministry in Dahra, Senegal.)

The good cause of the Gospel

By Diane Krall

Recently, a friend voiced her dilemma in choosing from the many "good causes" in the world. Should she give money and effort to save the earth, feed the hungry or increase literacy?

She wondered why many church goers didn't seem to think about anything outside their local church, or denomination. Since His divine power gives us all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1), our gracious God helps us sort through the good causes to identify the priorities.

Philippians 3:8: "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." 

Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV): "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

Remember the situation in Jerusalem in the time of Paul? The believers there were called to stay in the midst of persecution, along with brand new believers who hadn't yet been dispersed from Jerusalem. They were social outcasts, persevering in the face of poverty and uncertainty.

Paul, traveling the Gentile world, was burdened by the suffering of believers in Jerusalem. In Galatians, he describes how he himself had participated in their persecution. Now that he saw them as spiritual brothers, he wanted to help them.

He collected from churches in the Roman Empire, planning to take money and encouragement back to Jerusalem. The love gifts from afar were a sweet comfort for the poor believers spreading the Gospel in Jerusalem. Those who sent gifts were equally blessed with joy and reward in their giving.

As part of the Luke Society, you may see the parallel to our work together, as I did.

To some, the work of a PMT may not seem enough by our American or Western standards. But because of the Gospel, our efforts are translated into the sufficiency of Jesus' provision for his church. The work of our Luke Society directors is a Biblical priority for us all. Their spreading of the Gospel message along with physical healing is earning themselves and their supporters many blessings here on earth.

Then, there is the eternal weight of glory for all who are of the household of faith. Do you believe in more than just a good cause?

 

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