Where your treasure is, there your heart is too.
Have you ever stopped to think or consider what real wealth is and the power of its role in your life? Some of you may not be interested, some are drawn in completely to this discussion and it is probably everything in between. Some of you barely make it each day and living in an upside down world has its grip on you, just like those who have money and worry about how they can keep it. For those whose lives are burdened, I am praying for you even now.
People invest in all kinds of things, they like to kick tires, they evaluate investments based on projected returns but notice the word "projected" because in reality, there are no absolutes. Some have said real estate, the stock market, mutual funds and there are all kinds of potions, but at the end of the day, its hard to know what will or what will not increase in value.
You can invest in so many things, but my question for us to consider is what are we investing in when it comes to matters which contain a spiritual foundation? Do you give to your local church, stand behind your pastor and staff, love your priests and nuns and bless those who serve God? How do you invest in them, what do you do to lend a hand to their world, or are you on the "other side of the aisle" viewing world differently?
Please allow me to stand on a soap box for a moment. The church has always been God's plan for a Biblical community and in every way, this collection of people with all their misgivings, do their very best to impact culture in the best way possible. Jesus died and gave Himself for the church. So we have many people who define what a church is, but it involves a pastor, a group of deacons, elders and a body of believers, period. If you are not in a church, try to overcome your personal views and you will find a new peace.
One of the greatest blessings of Veritas Mission Films is not just local churches who love us, like Pastor John Dickey of Hillcrest Baptist in Stillwater, or Jimmy Kinnard from Village, Slow Burn from Franklin or New Church with Monty Priest, is the opportunity to also connect with non profit ministries who are doing incredible works for Him. We have strategic ministry partners like Christy Craddock and Doris in HIS TRUTH TRANSFORMS, Rick Stanley in RICK STANLEY MINISTRIES, Randy Hartley and William Mwizerwa in LEGACY MISSION VILLAGE. Curt Landry has MY OLIVE TREE and ILLUMINATIONS and he needs our help and our list goes on and on.
We love these organizations because people are helping people. Bible based counseling is taking place, evangelism is still breathing with Rick, refugees are being taken care of all over the world with William and Ebralie and a new ministry for orphans is on the rise with Lynnann Muse. Even blessing the children of Israel through Curt's ministry is so important right now. These integral and vital groups are taking up mandates for the purpose of making a lasting difference. You can invest in these worthy causes and begin changing the world.
Our ministry is established to support films. We believe the film Jim Gromer is partnering with us can and will make a difference for eternity. The eternal investments pay dividends long after a building, an oil well or any other capital venture because this is a ministry which invests in people. There are both non profit gifts and for profit investments which are foundational to expensive films created to tell stories impacting our world. Have you ever thought of what part of your life should be placed in these missional efforts?
We write checks every month for energy because we need lighting, we need houses to be heated and electricity so we can get on computers to read blogs like these. However, what spiritual energy are you investing in today? I pray its in people, in your local church, in charities and in ventures which are spiritually based. When you begin to give to something you believe in, there is a power which transforms you.
As i left my doctor yesterday, he told me, "I have never seen a miracle in all my years of practice, but I can tell you Kevin after seeing you last week, and then this week you are 100% different and there is no medical evidence which warrants this, other than a supernatural happening". Many people invested in me, many people gave and gave so I would not be in a wheelchair. People believed, so they prayed and families gathered, orphans from India came together and prayed for my healing.
You can invest wherever you are into whatever your heart desires. Know this, God is on his throne and Veritas Mission Films has many missional journeys we need to go on for one reason. We have to invest in telling stories like Dr. Heng Lim in MY JOURNEY TO PARADISE because God will get the glory. Jesus told stories and He did this for a specific reason, people would not remember a sermon but they would remember, a story.
May the Lord bless you for investing in people's lives, churches and ministries. May the Lord use my simple testimony to arrest many hearts to invest in eternal truth. May we as a collective, the VERITAS 300 never forget how vital our prayers are, when people are hurting, when people get sick, when they die and their families. May we be an online community of people who accept Christ and who are inspired to pray, to give and to love more.
I close with this. Why would a widow who has nothing be heralded for giving a mite in God's word. Doesn't it make logical sense to give her a pass not to give? Isn't it a good thing to say, "Hey you don't have much, you don't have to be involved, let the rich people give". This was not the case. She came and gave what she had and was considered a queen among her whole group. She proved the power of giving in another realm.
VERITAS has a group of non commercial films called ANOTHER REALM and we believe these non commercial stories are fractions of the widow's mite which are eternal stories designed to give decades after we are gone. I believe God blesses these mites, He blesses the gifts and especially...the givers.
Words fall short of all my gratitude and new lease on life and its because of Him through your prayers!
I love you,
PS Start investing by telling someone you love them, show them His love and see what happens...
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church. Below Kevin is seen with Lynn McAfee and Corina Pataki. Below this is Christopher Atkins from BLUE LAGOON and Dr. McAfee.