Where Money Cannot Go

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


While on safari in Africa, a businessman visited a group of relief workers caring for the poorest of the poor. Touring the relief workers' campsite, he felt Africa's intense heat. He swatted at stinging flies. He marveled at the caregivers' perseverance. He thought to himself, "I wouldn't do this for all the money in the world!"

Then it dawned on him that neither would those caregivers. They weren't working for money. They were working for love.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Money is necessary and useful. Money is a prime motivator and facilitator for great good in our world. But there comes a point when dollars alone cannot do what only love can. When finances run thin, love remains . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve . . . (1 Pet. 5:1-2)