No matter who first thought it up or said it, the fact remains. Two things are hated, feared, and yet guaranteed: death and taxes. This has been a fact of life for as long as humanity has been around.
What does it mean to be perfect? What is a perfect offering?
To be alone in a trench at the second battle of Ypres during World War One would have been a horrifying experience.
Which Jesus will we choose?
God is an artist.
When push came to shove, each had an opportunity to examine their own heart and say, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”
God blesses grand gestures and we can all benefit from the occasional offering of all that we have to give and then even more.
As crowded as these homes probably already were, I watched over and over again these kind and loving citizens open their homes to those who had been evicted (on pain of death) from theirs. I cannot but help compare the response of the western world that has such a greater capacity and yet continues to keep their doors closed.
Then God gave the people all these instructions: (Exodus 20:1) Read: Exodus 19:16-21:21, Matthew 23:13-39, Psalm 28:1-9, Proverbs 7:1-5 Relate: Probably one of the most famous portions of scripture is the Ten Commandments. Granted, very few people would actually be able to list them all off if questioned. Honestly, when I just tried to rattle them…
No matter how great any individual leader may seem, true world changing greatness in a community (or church) can only happen when everyone in that community is on board as an active participant.