Wednesday, December 16, 2009

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” (2 Thessalonians 3.13)

New Testament Challenge, Day 32 – 1 and 2 Thessalonians
It is so easy this time of year to get be full of compassion and charity. The holiday season is when most charitable giving is done but as they say, “people are hungry and homeless all year.” Being a Christian is not about a mental exercise nor is it simply a belief system. I like to remind people that even the devil BELIEVES that Jesus Christ is God. Saying we believe is not enough, we must show our faith in Christ by allowing His teachings and commandments to live within us.

But the commandment of our Lord to love each other and take care of each other doesn’t negate the importance of working hard for our food etc. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3.10) In our current economic struggle as Christians, we should be willing to use discernment in our charitable giving. Each of us has limited resources with which to do good. Our limited resources can’t become an excuse to keep everything for our own needs and this too goes against the teachings of Christ and His Church. If someone approaches you for assistance, don’t just hand over whatever cash you may have in your pocket. Showing compassion means being involved. Help someone find work by going through the newspaper with them. This only takes a few moments, but when resources are limited, it might be the best help they get that day.

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