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Present and Transform - Application #5
People respond most to the people who are getting things done. They reject the ones that present themselves as being able to achieve but do not and sympathize and commiserate with the ones that don't even try.
This is the "Me" generation. The saying is "what have you done for me lately".
As modern Christians, it may be natural to fall into similar conformity to this notion where religion is about what my Pastor does for "Me", what this Christian author was able to do for "Me", what that Christian song on the radio meant to "me". Prayers become "Lord do this for "Me".
Sloth compared to fervent effort today are simply consumer comparisons of what church to attend that fulfills my needs best.
God's mercy has often included using timely individuals pull the masses back out of their selfish funk. These individuals inspired the best out of others, facilitated their re-investment and commitment, and returned many back into the momentum of working collectively towards the betterment of the group.
They were able to build temples, successfully fight off invading enemies, return from multiple captivities, establish trade and economy in otherwise barbarous conditions, suffer wholesale persecutions, withstand drought and famine, build and sustain mighty nations, spread the Gospel across the entire globe; "As one made of many".
Fervent Service - Living Sacrifice
The object is to not be working fervently against each other, but for each other; to get things done, big and little. Each person has an equal share but different talent and ability.
Individual by individual, job by job, group by group until the entire "Body of Christ" presents itself a "living sacrifice".
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