The Fifth Condition for Peace
“…If you believe in goodness…” (Philippians 4:8)
Paul does not mean to suggest that we should believe in the good we have done for our salvation but for the maintenance of the peace of God in our life. In his writings he emphatically stated that we are not saved by good works. He is focusing here a “peace thief” that haunts servants of the Lord who have laid down a lifetime of service in the work of the Lord. As a pastor I visited with couples who after spending fifty years in China, in Vietnam, or in places like New Guinea, were living in charity housing here at home. It seemed they had absolutely nothing to show for their faithful service.
There was a godly and dedicated medical missionary, Dr. Helen Roseveare, who served for twenty years building a hospital in Africa. All her life she had the discipline of asking herself, “Is it worth it Helen?” She did this at every juncture in her life. In a Mau-Mau uprising she was raped repeatedly and then tied naked to a tree while her hospital went up in flames and burned to the ground.
While that was happening, the thought occurred to her “Was it worth it, Helen?” The Holy Spirit in her welled up with the answer “Yes it was worth it because He is worth it!” She knew for whom she was doing it all.
Paul is writing this fifth condition for peace to faithful servants like her. He was prescribing that they should not be robbed of their peace in this way. They should never doubt the worth of the good they have done for Christ.
This newly revised paperback edition features reflections on 25 years in ministry by Dois Rosser. The book details the history and vision of ICM, the parent organization for the Mini Bible College, and the vehicle for distributing MBC to congregations around the world. Dois' story is an inspiration, encouraging Christians to give of their time and resources to experience the abundant power of God at work. Journey around the world with Dois and discover that you too can be a part of something bigger than yourself!