Church Challenge: Richer Relationships
One of the hurdles human's have to cross is economic. Much that segregates us is a function of our difference in income. It is revolutionary and shocking for Joel, and Peter emphasizing his text, to insist that God would include slaves in spiritual leadership. Class difference pervaded the ancient world as they do our own. Whenever there are differences of natural ability, and there are everywhere and always, there will be differences of achievement and financial success. Wherever babies are born into a differing circumstances of poverty and wealth, and they are in all cases, there will be inequalities of economic standing. But in the church, we unite across these dissimilarities and rejoice in our common need for a common grace from a common Savior. We celebrate a generosity all can share in, regardless of means, and we aim at a character all can develop, whatever the scale of their blessings.
There are still millions of slaves in our world! Pray for justice and release.
How economically diverse are your friendships?
Family Focus - What does it mean to be rich? Is it easier or harder to follow Jesus when you are wealthy?