Bible Reading: Matthew 7:1-12
Key Words: Ask, and it shall be given you
Late in 1974, the ministerial association of Washington, DC, conducted a survey to check on the needs of the poor within that city. That survey indicated that there were some pressing needs: need for food, need for housing, need for clothing, and medical assistance. This is in a district that has a higher per capita income than any state in the union.
Spokesmen for the ministerial association called a press conference to announce their plan of action to relieve the needs revealed by the survey: they would call upon government to provide the assistance required.
One cannot fault the pastors for their concern. But, one can fault them for their course of action. Caesar was their answer. They belittled God. In their impatience they adulterated their compassion with a call for coercion.
Every one of those pastors represented a congregation. What were the members of those congregations doing to help? What of their personal Christian responsibilities? Were they praying? Seeking God’s blessing? Doing His work?
Everyone in those congregations – pastors and members alike – is the child of a rich and powerful Father. He holds the wealth of the world in His hands.
Ask and you shall receive.
Had they forgotten that? Or, did they not believe?
What to do:
✞ Have we forgotten that God is the answer, or are we failing to believe?
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