An old camp co-worker posted this “Letter to the North American Church” today.
“Be concerned for the poor – but be no less concerned for us rich who claim not to be rich so we can excuse ourselves from giving.
Be concerned for the poor – but no less concerned for us who have done just enough to assuage our consciences, just enough to pat ourselves on the back, but not enough that we’ve ever felt sacrifice.
Be concerned for the poor – but be no less concerned for us who aren’t — because someday we will face Christ.”
We have such a watered down faith-culture. When we don’t rely on Christ for our everyday needs, when we have the resources to take care of ourselves, why would we look outside ourselves? Our comfort zone is very small. When was the last time you tried something for the first time, something you didn’t think you could do? When was the last time you stepped out in faith? Prayed with someone? Sought God’s strength?
Life with Christ ought to be an ADVENTURE where we are brought outside of ourselves, out of the world that culture and media have built for us and into a world where we aren’t living for ourselves.
Selflessness is not programmed into my heart, but I believe it is one of the most powerful attitudes we can have. Selfless love heals and crosses all boundaries. Selfless faith moves mountains. Selfless actions create godly community. “Me first” had been written on my heart, but I have been REDEEMED! I have been RESTORED! God is rewriting and forming my heart into one shaped like His. He is opening my eyes to His people and His Kingdom. But over and over again I have to surrender to Him.