Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.He who guards your soul knows you knew.He will repay all people as their actions deserve. – Proverbs 24:12
WARNING: Don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be held accountable for the things I’m about to say. Once you read this, you will know…
We seem to always find ways to ignore certain parts of the Bible. Things that Jesus commanded that we brush of as not pertaining to us. Have you ever uttered any of these phrases:
- I’m not called to do that.
- Everyone has their area of ministry, and that’s not mine.
- I don’t have the money.
- I don’t have the time.
- Someday I will …
“I do not get to know God, then do his will; I get to know him more deeply by doing his will.”
So the question is, what is it that we are supposed to be doing? We are supposed to be going into the whole world and preaching the gospel to everyone. We are supposed to do as Paul told the Corinthians and become all things to all people so that BY ALL MEANS we may save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22) We are supposed to be taking care of the widows, orphans and homeless (James 1:27).
If there is one thing that I’ve been learning recently it is this: Everything I have belongs to God, nothing is mine. Everything that I have is provided by God, He is Jehovah Jireh, my provider. So, if nothing belongs to me and He provides it all, then when He asks us to give our money or our time or our talents to someone else, it should be easy, it’s easy to give away someone else’s money and since He is the provider, then it is easy to believe that He will provide for our needs even though we’ve just given away the very thing that could have met those needs… God blesses the ones to are willing to give it all away.
There is plenty of work to do, and time is short. our churches have become huge stadiums where all the Jesus fans go on Sunday to cheer him on. But the moment there is some sacrifice or discomfort, we’re out.
So I ask you, what is your excuse for ignoring God’s work?
What’s so important in your life, what comfort are you holding so desperately to?
Your House? Your Car? Your TV? Your favorite restaurant? Your Christmas presents? Your vacation?
God knows you “deserve” all of these things right? But don’t worry, God will understand one day when he asks us why we didn’t take care of the homeless man down the street because we had to pay $86 this month to the cable company so we could watch the latest episode of our favorite show.
Did you know that even the poorest Americans are richer than 80% of the rest of the world? Kind of puts things in perspective…
Let’s play with a few numbers…
Let’s say the average movie theater has 20 screens and each theater holds on the low side 200 people. The cost for a regular adult ticket around here is $9, and let’s say each screen shows 2 movies between 7PM and Midnight. So every 2 hours the theater moves 4000 people through at $9 a ticket, that’s 8000 tickets for a good night or $72,000! Oh and let’s not forget the popcorn and drinks, that adds what? another $15 per person, lets say half of the people get a refreshment: So that’s another $60,000. $132,000! Let’s also say that the average cost of an international adoption is $30,000. Congratulations, collectively, your night of entertainment just caused 4 orphans to remain captive in an orphanage, but I’m sure God understands that you deserved to see that movie.
Feel guilty yet? You should, I do.
Let’s also consider an average church of 1000 members. I’m sure each member can part with $30 one week. 1000 people at $30 = $30,000. You know those medical bills that you fellow church member is struggling to pay for? One body, one week, no more bills. But don’t worry, I’m sure God will understand that you needed to go out to eat after church instead of making your own meal.
Feel guilty yet? You should, I do.
What excuse will you give God when he asks why to traded this…
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. – 1 John 3:16-17