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Pastor Ken Cline - October 27, 2019


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The Christian life is not merely about salvation, holding certain beliefs, and receiving the blessings of God. In Ephesians, Paul urges us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received from God.
This week, Pastor Ken led us through nine ways that we could live a life worthy of our calling in Christ, listed out in Ephesians chapters 4 and 5. On the list was a caution to be givers and not just takers.
At a time when handouts are given as marketing and awareness strategies, and various life hackers encourage us to try to get something for little to nothing, it is easy to adopt a cavalier attitude toward receiving without contributing.
In chapter 4 verse 28, Paul says that the thief should no longer steal, but that they should labor, doing work with their own hands, so they have something to give to those in need. Pastor Ken points out that thieves are not only those who break in to steal, but also those who take without giving, like one who goes to a potluck and does not bring food, one who goes and enjoys the Sunday service but does not serve in any capacity, or those who take the time and energy of others without being there for or caring for others themselves.
After a series of freebies, I find that I am more inclined to take without giving. However, in moments of reflection I can also tend to overcompensate and try to give without taking at all. While we should give without expectation, we also must be able to receive so that others can give, and realize in humility that we also have needs.So, better than being a taker and not a giver or a giver not a taker, I want to be a partaker in a community of love where I can freely receive and freely give, being mindful to orient myself in an attitude of generosity, keeping in sight the generosity in abundance of God, by the spirit, through Christ Jesus.