Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Don't Make Them Beg!

Has anyone ever asked you to do something good that was entirely in your area of competence? You had no other commitments, and it was actually something you enjoyed doing. But you said no!

While I totally understand the wisdom of building helpful margins in life, there are times when we allow ourselves to wallow in a state of inertia. Our natural man doesn't want to be bothered. We just want to be left alone. Then along comes that pesky neighbor needing bread to feed his friends (Luke 11:5-8) or that persistent widow asking for help (Luke 18:3-5), and we struggle within ourselves.

But God wants better from us. He wants us to be like himself who will quickly "bring about justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night" (Luke 18:7-8).

"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor,
'Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow'--
when you now have it with you."
~Proverbs 3:27-28  

Treat others as you would have them treat you. In other words, "Don't make them beg!"

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