Richard Stearns, president and founder of World Vision offers some bold direction on God’s expectations for Christ followers: “Those expectations are not mysterious or difficult to discern. They are, in fact, etched clearly in page after page of Scripture – a bright thread of God’s compassion for people and His zeal for justice.” (From his book The Hole in Our Gospel)

Stearns offers a somewhat tongue-in-cheek version of Matt. 25:44-46:  For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved. (RESV – Richard E. Stearns Version)