Wednesday, July 09, 2008

How Much Would It Take?

I recently learned (here) of the online shoe retailer Zappos and their strategy to build their company. They hire employees, put them through four weeks of training and immersion into the Zappos culture and then they make “The Offer”: The company says to its newest employees, “If you quit today we will pay you for the amount of time you’ve worked, plus we will offer you a $1,000 bonus.” Zappos actually bribes its employees to quit! They figure that if you take the offer then you weren’t the type of employee with the type of commitment that they need.

I immediately reflected on my own situation. What would it take for me to leave Meadowbrook Church where I serve as lead pastor? I thought about $1 million. Nope. I thought about $10 million. That’s a lot of money and I could do a lot of ministry and a lot of good in a lot of places, but the answer was no. When I leaped to the thought of $100 million it was also a quick no.

Sound crazy? The fact of the matter is that God is more important to me than all of the money in the world, AND, I believe that God wants me serving Him and others at Meadowbrook. I live and serve at His pleasure. So, I wouldn’t leave any place that God has planted my life for any amount of money.

What about you? Are you planted in the life (work, family, relationships, etc.) that God has called you to? If not, why not? AND, is there any amount of money that could entice you to leave the place of God’s calling? If so, then money is more important to you than God.

Something to ponder.


Anonymous said...

This was a very enlightening post Pastor! How long have you been pastoring? I'm a pastor's wife.


Scott Brewer said...


Thanks for stopping by and reading.

I've been pastoring for 33 years. Blessings on you and your husband's ministry.