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Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:27 AM

Consumer or Contributor?

Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:27 AM
Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:27 AM

 

There are consumers, and there are contributors in this world. 

What can ___________ do for ___________?

John F Kennedy, at the end of his inaugural address, coined this saying: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” This was 1961. Since that time, our society has shifted from asking, “What can I do for my country?” to, “What can my country do for me?” The way people are today, if the Church quoted this expression, it would go something like this: “Ask what my church can do for me — ask not what I can do for my church.”

The world’s view:

Our society is more of a consumer society. See, consumers focus on self; contributors focus on others. Consumers think small; contributors think big. Consumers lack vision; contributors see the vision. Consumers lack values; contributors know what’s important. Consumers are maintainers; contributors are multipliers. There is a big difference.

God’s view:

The word of God says that the world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. A consumer is stingy; a contributor is generous. God’s word goes on to say that if you help others, you will be helped. 

We should all strive to be contributors with our lives. We should all contribute to the church — serve, give, attend. If we do this, we release God’s hands to bless us and help us.

Just a thought, 

PSS

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