GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (2)
‘…Faith…if it does not have works, is dead.’ James 2:17 NKJV
Ever heard the phrase “chuggers”? It’s short for “Charity Muggers”, a not very complimentary name for folk who stand in the streets stopping passers by, and ‘guilt trip’ them into signing up to give money to their cause. Our society doesn’t seem to like “chuggers” very much… But why do they even exist?
Probably because the needs exist, and not enough people are doing/giving enough to fix them. Charities talk about us having “donor fatigue” – we’ve seen so many “Please, give just £3 a month…” adverts that they just don’t have an effect on us anymore.
Contrast that with Mother Theresa, who gave her life to rescuing sick babies and caring for the dying. She said: ‘The biggest disease today isn’t leprosy or cancer. It’s the feeling of being uncared for, unwanted—of being deserted and alone.’ She was asked why she did what she did, and her response? ‘Because Jesus did.’ Oh yeah.
Of the 1,189 chapters in the Bible, 250 contain the words of the prophets. That’s over 1 in 5. Half of what they say calls out sin and the other half calls out those who see people suffering and do nothing about it. If we call ourselves God’s - we call ourselves to His action.
Today’s title verse isn’t a guilt trip, about forcing you to join a charity “or else” – it’s a reminder that our faith is the sort that has actions partnered with it. If your faith doesn’t at the moment, you’ll probably find that choosing to serve strengthens your faith. So, about that chat with your church leader...