...for we as Christ redeemed believers to be "taken advantage of" in terms of kindness and charity? This thought has been keeping me awake at nights and challenging me in my day to day encounters with those around me for the last several months.
1 of the many situations that caused this whole conversation with myself...
A needy neighbor whom I wanted to share Christ with needed a ride somewhere...I willingly agreed...then the next day she wanted some food...I was overjoyed to share or my abundance with her...the next day she needed to come in and vent...I hesitated b/c I don't do well in those situations b/c I know nothing I say will help unless this woman allows Christ to radically consume and change her thinking, but I gladly accept her into my home...the next day she needs a ride somewhere else, the next day she is asking me to cosign a loan (which I explained we don't do for anyone...including ourselves)...and then the next day... ...
I am sure many of you are familiar with this scenario. There are needy people all around and my immediate fear is that I will be taken advantage of by "these" people.
I have asked several people for their thoughts on this recently...and I must admit that I have heard several words of concern...but no scriptural foundation apart from being a good steward.
I have been thinking through this and would like to know some of your thoughts on the topic.
Can we as Cross focused believers, who claim that all we are - is found in Christ, and all we have - is from Christ, and all we do - is for God's glory, continue to embrace the mindset of caution due to "being taken advantage of" as we go about our daily lives?
As I have reflected back over scripture...I notice just how completely and utterly Christ was "taken advantage of", yet he continued about doing the "Work of the Father".
Any thoughts for me as I process this thought?
I would love some dialogue from those of you who read this post...AnneBrumbaugh@gmail.com