Listening to this old hymn as I drove early this morning I was stirred in my soul. I was struck again with the reality of the ongoing battle we face daily as believers caught between desiring life’s blessings and the hope of eternity with Jesus. As a church we are building a relationship with a body of believers in Haiti hungry for Jesus. The people in Haiti probably don’t worry too much about having houses (multiple) or land (acres), but are thankful for a good meal, medical care, and safe housing. These believers are longing to share Jesus with their community in Dargout, Haiti. This is why we are having an event like the Run4Haiti 5K/10K, so we can point our attention away from ourselves and on to a group of people who are setting an example of what it means to be a light in the darkness. Perhaps, in doing this our hearts will be broken causing us to sing along with the hymn writer these words:
I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
And be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name.
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead
(as sung by Jeff Johnson; lyrics by Rhea Miller 1922)