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“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” -Psalm 84:10

Would we trade living in a mansion on the beach in Miami with our favorite car in the driveway, yacht docked in the backyard, money in the bank for “the two of us” as Ludacris would say? Or insert whatever your dream life would be…you know, the ballin’ one.

Would we trade all that to sleep on the streets of India and wash the feet of the homeless that pass by?  Or insert whatever job you may think is lowly.

May we be willing to put everything aside to serve Christ with all our heart, mind, soul, strength, sweat, blood, & tears…no matter what the cost.


A short but great book.

I love in Joel 2:13, the LORD says, “Rend your heart and not your garments.”

So often, we offer superficial committments to Christ, as if that will satisfy him for the time being.  Whether we do this out of laziness, fear, selfishness, etc, Christ is not duped.

He wants the real deal…he wants our hearts, not just the shell.

A very literal example in my life is my persistent ‘need’ to get rid of clothes.  I have too many clothes; others not enough.  It is a practical way for me to get rid of junk, make more room for myself, help those in need, and all the while, feel good about myself.  That’s not the intent, but I think subconsciously at times it is.  I think to myself or to God, “Wow, look at all the stuff I’m willing to give up for YOU.”

His response is always, “Matthew, rend your heart and not your garments.”