For too long we've entertained the idea that serving Christ is a burden and, therefore, Christians should look grim, gloomy, and weather-beaten. Service is no longer a privilege; it's a task. This concept of ministry has infected our response toward financial giving. We get defensive, reluctant, even offended when the subject of giving surfaces. Strangely, we begin to think of our money as ours and not the Lord's. This is not the Bible's view of giving, especially among the cheerful givers.
In contrast to the popular opinion of uninformed individuals, Christianity is not a religion of easy living, soft music, downhill slides, and tranquil times. Whoever thinks the Bible is irrelevant and laid back shows gross ignorance of what Scripture really teaches. One is hard-pressed to find godly people mentioned in the Bible who were out of touch with and indifferent to the world around them.
Whether we admit it or not, prejudice is something we all battle. Human beings are so innately prejudice we constantly create divisions where there are none.
Thankfully, prejudice can be overcome with grace. Where grace exists, there is no barrier.
Prophetic events never fail to pique our imagination. Curious about the future, we are forever searching for what lies just beyond the horizon. But in all our searching, no source of information can compare to the Bible. When it comes to trustworthy, inspired truth we can count on, this Book not only stands out, it stands alone. These seven verses before us are an excellent case in point in which we are able to uncover several answers to questions inquiring minds have asked for centuries…and will continue to ask.
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