Those of us who have been Christians for a long time sometimes
forget that we have no claim or right to the grace we have received.
When we feel we deserve it, that it is ours by right, it is no longer
grace and we have no claim on it. To be a part of God's family is a
gift pure and simple. Our lives and all we have are given by the Holy
God who spoke the world into existence.
Take a moment
to step back and look at our situation from the outside. We live in a
country with freedoms never before experienced and our church
facility is so much more than adequate. There is nothing to keep us
from reaching out to those in need. Are we content with sharing
ourselves and all we have a couple of times a year? Doesn't Christ
charge us to empty ourselves and give freely with open hands? Luke
12:48 tells us "...to whom much is given, much is required".
Are we doing and giving all that is required of us?