Thursday, 25 November 2010

Carrying burdens

Christians are called to live differently.

One of the key areas of life in which we get to express this is through generosity. I'm told statistically that generosity is not linked to wealth. It is all to do with who you are.

Jonathan Edwards writes a great essay on charitable giving. One of the most challenging things I found was him writing about giving when it costs you.


"In many cases, we may, by the rules of the gospel, be obliged to give to others, when we cannot do it without suffering ourselves. As if our neighbor’s difficulties and necessities be much greater than our own, and we see that he is not like to be otherwise relieved, we should be willing to suffer with him, and to take part of his burden on ourselves. Else how is that rule of bearing one another’s burdens fulfilled? If we be never obliged to relieve others’ burdens, but when we can do it without burdening ourselves, then how do we bear our neighbor’s burdens, when we bear no burden at all?"

I'm glad Christ took my burden on his shoulders on the cross. I'll be looking for opportunities to walk in his foosteps as I become more like him :-) 

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