Given and Required

The following is a post from a former professor of mine, Dr. Dan Crawford. Dr. Crawford is a fantastic teacher who influenced me a lot, especially my prayer life and teaching on prayer.

American Thanksgiving has come and gone. We did what most Americans did, slept late, ate big, watched football on TV, took a nap, ate again, watched more football, thanked God for the blessings, and went to bed feeling full. All the while more than 800 million people in the world did not have enough to eat. And one in nine people on our planet went to bed hungry on Thanksgiving. The majority of the world did not watch TV on Thanksgiving since more people in the world do not own a TV than who do.

With two-thirds of the world not claiming to be Christian, the majority did not thank God for Thanksgiving blessings. Approximately 100 million of the world’s population went to bed homeless on Thanksgiving night. While all these statistics might make us feel guilty, we most definitely ought to feel blessed. But a comment from Jesus haunts my Thanksgiving memories. In speaking of those who were blessed and faithful, Jesus said, “To whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48). Thanksgiving is once again gone. Much was given. The season of giving approaches. Much is required.

Thank you Dr. Crawford for so eloquently putting what needs to be said. Giving opportunities abound in this coming month. Giving food to Marion-Polk Food Share. Giving time on Dec. 16, to serve at the Food Share, and of course the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International missions. Be involved in these and others. Dr. Crawford is right. Much has been given and much is required.

Any thoughts? Comment below.

Pastor Todd

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