Luke 12:48 -
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked"
How we treat people on a day-to-day basis matters. Sometimes it is almost impossible to know when people are struggling. In the midst of great adversity – some that I can barely comprehend – many people stand tall, trying to be positive, acting as if everything is ok. Yet inside, they are fragile, weak and minute by minute struggling to hold it together.
Awhile back, when I lived in Ohio and was serving a church there, I experienced an annual reoccurrence come the end of every October. Numerous Christian parents in the community were very intentional about expressing their concerns regarding what they believed to be the sinister aspects of Halloween. What I came to later find out was that most of their concerns had little to do with the holiday’s origins but far more to do with its contemporary practices.
Maybe you have heard the modern mantra that “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” Well, like many sayings today, I think we need to be careful how we interpret that slogan.
Pope Francis has been drawing a lot of attention early in his papacy, but it isn’t because of the reasons one might assume. It is because he has refused to engage in conflict methodology that has ravaged society and contemporary church.
If I ask you to think about what heaven looks like – what do you think of?