“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly….”
– Thomas Paine
A lazy freeloader entered the police station to register a complaint. “I want to find out who owns the house I live in,” said the man boldly. “To whom do you pay rent?” asked the sheriff. “Ain’t never paid none,” said the man. “Well, how long have you been living there?” the surprised officer asked. “Goin’ on about three years.” “I don’t understand,” said the confused policeman. “What is your complaint?” “Well,” said the freeloader, “the roof has started to leak and if the owner doesn’t fix it quick, I’m gonna move!”
What investment have you made in the Lord’s church? Much like the freeloader above, some Christians demand all the benefits of belonging yet refuse to make any lasting investment in return. Because of their lack of commitment, when problems arise, these members are the first to complain or the first to leave.
Galatians 6:10 (NKJV) “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Christians are commanded to prefer each other. We are commanded to invest in the church and depend upon her. How important is the church to your survival?
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