Transactional World

give-and-take

This world is based on give and take. Our country, when founded, survived by bartering (give and take). People used their talents to create a need and sell it for someone else’s talented creation. This concept morphed into a worldly modern concept of take, take, take. Some folks have an evil desire to take more than they need without giving anything. We have moved from friendly living like Pilgrims and Indians teaching and learning from one another to the modern world of millionaires and homelessness who could care less about one another.

The New Testament describes the church as a place to provide help to those who truly need it. James 1:27 tells the church “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”. Families were to look after one another, but since orphans and widows don’t have families they must be cared for. Understanding that the world is so large and greatly populated, I can see how we would become overwhelmed with the needs of these people. But also, we have people who wouldn’t accept the responsibility to care for them. Instead of having plans in place and whole families willing to accept the responsibility for those in need, we develop organizations to gather those in need and make a profit for the effort. I don’t understand the adoption process being so difficult and expensive. Why not do what is best for the children and families that need or want to be families.

Romans 12:2 tells us “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. God knows what this world is like and doesn’t want us to be like it. So instead of being a take, take, taker (like the world), we need to be not only a give, give, giver, but a giver who doesn’t expect any return. That is a very irrational concept to the world and even difficult for Christians to handle. It goes against our nature to give with no expectations. God has given us the fullness of the Spirit which means we have everything we need to be fulfilled and able to give of ourselves constantly because we are always replenished by the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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