Apostle Grace Lubega
Luke 12:48 (KJV); But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
It is easy to take for granted the freedom we have to worship God.
Some of us are oblivious to the persecution of Christians around the world because every Sunday, we can wake up in the morning and go to Church with no fear for our lives.
If you read the statistics, you will know that hostile incidents against Christians across the world are on the increase. A 2022 report documents attacks on 5110 local churches, 3,829 abductions and 24,678 Christians subjected to beatings, death threats and other abuse. In Nigeria alone, a report indicated 10,000 forced abortions because rape is a widespread tactic used to terrorise Christian women.
Against this grim reality, I choose to juxtapose the excuse of the Christian who will not pray because of the weather or a headache.
I choose to compare the courage of a Christian in persecution-ridden India with the sister in a more religious tolerant nation who has spent months away from the presence of God because her team leader called her out on her bad attitude.
Sometimes we assume we can get away with so much because we are under the grace of God. But if you have the freedom to worship God, maximise the privilege because to whom much is given, much is required.
Drop the excuses, child of God and choose to live a life that takes God very seriously.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 12:15; James 1:2-4
GOLDEN NUGGET: If you have the freedom to worship God, maximise the privilege because to whom much is given, much is required.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this word. Thank You for the opportunity to worship and serve You in peace and harmony. I am conscious of how precious this freedom is. I do not misuse it but yield myself to Your Spirit daily that I may be used by You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.