Spectator or Participant?

In life, there are broadly speaking, two types of people. Those who watch on and those who actively participate.


In the church, we see the same phenomenon. Many millennials these days expect life to “happen” to them or to be catered to. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Yes, as Christians, we have the grace of God. But as the saying goes, God helps those who help themselves. Meaning? We need to actively go after whatever drives us, motivates us work-wise and trust that God will provide in the process.

This isn’t the time to go into the passage where Jesus says that we will always have the poor among us. I am not disputing that. We will always have poor people in our midst, and they do bless us as Christians. What I am saying is that for many of us in the West, especially my generation, there is a sense of entitlement that is very false and ungodly.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7). If you put forward an effort in life, Jesus sees this and honours it. If you sit back and expect others to serve you, I’m sorry but you have the wrong attitude.

“… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom to many” (Matt. 20:28).


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