Thursday, March 3, 2011

Do you feel the challenge?

Today at work I stood by as coworkers cried in distress, informed of the likelihood of losing their jobs.  The local news is announcing cutbacks, layoffs, and a citywide tightening of the belt.  Is it time to panic?

Life lesson:  His ways are not our ways

I remember several years ago thinking “prosperity has not been good for America.”  The truth is, I like prosperity.  I enjoy a night at the movies, dinner in a restaurant, a full pantry, and many shoes in my closet.  It has become my normal.  But does my plenty honor God?  I have been deeply moved and challenged by Acts 4 32:-35.  “All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had.  There was no poverty among them, because people who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need.”  The people who had, gave, so those who were in need would be cared for.  The followers of Christ gave until there was NO need.  Can you imagine a church, a community, a state, a nation in which there is NO need?  It can happen.  When God’s people are moved to giving until we must depend on Christ to cover our need for daily bread, we are living a life of faith.  Hebrews 11:6 reminds us it is impossible to please God without faith. 

We have faith that God will take us to heaven.  We have faith that God will protect us.  We have faith that God loves us.  But, do we have faith that God will meet our needs?  Do we give like we believe it?  Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that our ways are not God’s ways and God’s ways are not our ways.  God sacrificed it all, His best, for a world in great need.  When we want to be Godly we must be willing to sacrifice our plenty for the needs of others.  That will happen when we come to realize what we have is not our own.  I believe we are entering into a time when our plenty, our entertainment, our wants must fall to the side as God raises up a new generation to do greater deeds than ever before.  I believe we are called to be the generation of need-meeters.  Do you feel the challenge?  Are you ready to be a part of the new culture of radical givers who believe with crazy faith in a steadfast God?

1 comment:

  1. I think when most people read this they will think mostly about money.
    I suggest we all read it again and not think only about money, but also about how we spend our time.
    How much do we encourage others, disciple others, invest in others lives?
    Fred Matlack