My friend, may I ask you a question? When we consider our faith is it a beautiful thing all by itself? Or, is a beautiful faith something that really can’t stand all by itself? If it doesn’t have legs, something to keep us in synch with God, ultimately is it revealed for what it is–a sham?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Dry-fly-fishing has always intrigued me; so I seldom do anything else. Dry-fly fishing is a challenge because, as any dry-fly fisherman knows, it all comes down to presentation and technique. You need to present the fish something that looks good to eat. But, that is only the half of it. Without technique, the fish soon realizes that what it’s seeing is nothing more than a sham. With fly-fishing you have to drop the bait where you want it, twitch it in just the right way and then retrieve it in such a way that the action of the fly both interests and entices the fish into striking. It’s a system of twitch and pull, twitch and pull. You can’t have one without the other or the whole process simply disintegrates into futility. You have to give the fly “legs”, so to speak, so that it appears to be walking on the water when the bait really has no legs at all.
It’s like that as well when we consider our faith. Faith is a beautiful thing all by itself. But, if it doesn’t have legs, it isn’t long before it’s revealed for what it is–a sham.
Here’s a story: An old man walked down the road with his donkey trailing by a tether. After a few paces the old man would slowly pull ahead of the donkey. At which point the old man would give a gentle tug on the tether and the donkey would quickly catch up. Over time the gap would be repeated. The old man would pull ahead and the tether would become taut. Just when it would be stretched out, the old man would tug and the donkey would once again regain his rightful position next to the little old man and side-by-side they would travel down the road tugging and moving in perfect balance. (This Passing Day.com)
Faith and works should travel side-by-side, step answering to step, in a way like the legs of a man walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again—until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other. Although we can’t earn our salvation through our deeds, the fact that we have true faith causes us to want to do good deeds. It’s causation. We tug and move. Just like the little old man and the donkey. With faith leading, works are never far behind. It just a matter of tug and move, tug and move.
We pray. Dear Lord, Lord, we pray for all those not abiding in You. Lord, help us to remain in you, and give us spiritual hunger that Your living words remain in our hearts. We thank you for working this, and we thank you that whatever we desire we will ask, and it shall be done for us (John 15:7). Lord, keep us in your love, which is as great as the love between You and the Father (John 15:9). Lord, work in us to will and to do your will, which is to walk in love and obey your Word, so that we can abide in your love and be your friends. (John 15:10,14) In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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