I recently began thinking of how different things are today than they were in Jesus’ day. The pews are padded, but the cross was not. We sit in the midst of friends, family, and other believers while our Lord died before strangers and between two thieves. We complain if the church house is not warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer, but the Son of God had “not place to lay his head.” We enjoy a degree of respect (among some) because we are called “Christians,” but Christ was mocked and ridiculed and accused of being from Satan.
We get angry and hold grudges for the least offenses, while our Lord prayed for those who crucified Him, “Father, forgive them.”
We have more money, more freedom, and more resources today, but we do less with them than 120 dedicated believers did with their witness on the day of Pentecost. And today we have the completed Word of God readily available though most church members read and know it less than those of ages past.
Yet, in all of these things we often contend that it is more difficult for believers to live for Christ today than it was for the believers of those previous times. The truth is that we live in a time that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
I would to God that we would be the people who not only have more but who do more with what we have. May we so live that the term “Christian” is a description more than a title. We might then look forward to hearing a “Well done, thou faithful servant” from our Lord.