clearly, there is something wrong- everywhere along the ridge, on nearly every fence: No Trespassing. I sure hope there aren’t any Christians on that ridge…because they’re out of God’s will if they’re intent on keeping others out.
when i went for a drive yesterday, the Lord pulled me over. He directed me to this:
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he (he or she) will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life…”
Now, many of us have read this, or heard it, heard sermons on it, but the thing I want you to see is that there is an economics principle running through this thread that so many won’t talk about. That’s because, at least here in America, there are so many with a “No Trespassing” mentality.
So, how does this work? Sure, we have “brothers and sisters” in Christ; some churches even have the practice of calling each other in practice “Brother this” or “Sister that.” But what do farms have to do with it? Why include farms? To me, it seems obvious- the Word states here that whatever your brother and sister and so forth in the church have is to be shared- especially with those who have lost much for the sake of the gospel and for Christ.
So, Sister Thelma comes to you and says, “I’m ministering for the gospel, as you know, and I’m hurting financially.” you, the farm owner, look at her and say, “I have a cow out in the field that we’re gonna be slaughtering round about Friday, I’ll be sure you get some meat. How much do you need?”
Or…Brother Eric, a Senior in high school, finds himself locked out of his house. His parents have told him they want nothing to do with him now that he’s a Christian- all they do is drink to excess, and live strung out on drugs. He refuses to help “fund” their habit. You, the owner of the farm, take Brother Eric into your house, put food on the table for him, and make sure his needs are met until something either changes or he goes out on his own.
We are to share what we have with others in the church anyway. But here, in this passage, is a call to those with land and like resources. Oh, about those no trespassing signs…