What say you?


(it’s a blooming spring in my kitchen / Julie Cook / 2018)

The other day a fellow blogging buddy, from whom I have learned so very much,
actually offered a question as her post…
A very deep and thought-provoking question…
A question which generated some subsequent pondering on my part.

The sort of thought-provoking pondering that got me pondering along the same lines…

The following was her posting:

Dear Readers. As I write this morning, I confess to the question in my mind,
“Lord, do all have an equal chance?
Really?
What about those in third world who can’t even read?
Is their chance equal to mine – one who has been blessed to read, teach, learn,
listen about you all my life?
My answer still only falls on my faith.
My faith that answers
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes on him,
shall be saved.”
EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES ON HIM.
No matter the advantages I have had to hear about him,
I am just as lost as anyone else if I do not respond to the call.
In fact, all the advantages I have had makes me more liable if I choose to ignore the call.
“To him who is given much, much is required.” Luke 12:48

INVITATION TO ALL

And so yes, I too have often wondered about such.

What of those who do not know and have not heard because of where they live…
and where it is they’ve happened to be born…
as well as to what they have and haven’t been exposed to.

What a gift it is that I have had the privilege of being born and raised in this
Western Civilization that has afforded me the opportunities to both see and hear…
and to eventually choose what it is I claim as my own.

Do we, those of us who have been afforded so much by just having been born in a Western modern civilization, not have some sort of responsibility to and for those who have not had the same
exposure as ourselves?

What is our responsibility?

Because we have been gifted with an abundance…are we therefore not responsible for the
sharing of what God has given us???…
offering a betterment to those who have not been as exposed as ourselves?

And yet more often then not, we just cast a cursory glance to “those there”
as we bask in what we are here…

Yes, we are all equally lost…despite our place of birth, status of earthly lineage,
opportunities or not…and yet we, who have been afforded so much are indeed liable…

The question is…what will we do with that burden of liability?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another
with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit,
singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:12-17

13 comments on “What say you?

  1. Lynda says:

    When I was a teenager (many, many years ago), a missionary spoke at our church. He told the story of being deep in the jungle where no one had heard of Jesus. As he shared the story of Christ’s love, one man spoke up and said that he knew Christ but had never heard his name. God had revealed Christ to this man without anyone sharing the Good News – it was revealed directly to this man’s soul from our Lord. When we sit quietly with God, it is amazing what God will reveal. Have a blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week Julie.

  2. Tricia says:

    I often wonder about things like that myself Julie. It’s interesting that Christianity is thriving in areas outside the U.S. where it’s been introduced and yet here it seems to have flatlined.

    Love that spring kitchen picture by the way!

  3. A clarion call to support those who are called to the mission fields! Good post!!

  4. We are responsible to get the Gospel out to the world, and disciple! Yes! And God will one day reward those who have been faithful to the Great Commission. But I also think that God is not limited by our failure to do so. I think He can and does reveal Himself (as Tricia has suggested) to those who truly seek Him. Great, thought-provoking post!! Love you, dear Julie! ❤ ❤

  5. oneta hayes says:

    Thank you. Julie, for extending this exchange of thoughts.

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    C. S. Lewis considers this issue in “Mere Christianity”. Makes for an interesting read.

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