Faith works?

My friend, may I ask you a question? What’s having faith all about? As Christians, should we be leading the way when it comes to serving others, because that’s what Christ did and He’s asking us to do the same thing with our faith? Isn’t it the only right way to live a life of faith?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

The easy way out. Sad to say, there isn’t one of us who hasn’t looked for the easy way out numerous times in life. It’s human nature. Because we’re so focused on ourselves and not others, it’s natural to do what comes easiest--that which pleases us and accounts for the least amount of effort and work on our part. I do it all the time; putting one nail in where two are required. Or, cutting corners in numerous other ways so that I can move on to the things I really enjoy like play- ing golf or sitting down to read a good book. Unfortunately, when it comes to leading the Christian life, taking the easy way out, the one our Savior never took, isn’t the one that’s going to prove and strengthen our faith. True faith basks in hardship and thrives on sorrow. A strong faith cuts its teeth on adversity.

Many Christians are content to live with a faith that never knows adversity? That’s something we go around not through!

Here are some sad facts according to Steve Miller, an editor for a religious periodical: In 1984 a researcher interviewed over 700 people. She said she expected to find religious folks more involved in helping their neighbors and working in community organizations. Surprise. The reverse seemed to be true. A 1989 study of people who rescued Jews from the Nazis found that religious people were no more willing to help than were the nonreligious. The study that troubles me most is a clever experiment published in 1973. Researchers found that most seminary students on their way to an appointment walked right past a man slumped over and groaning in a doorway. Some of the students were even on their way to give a talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan. (Steve Miller. Editor, Illustrated Bible Life Introduction, March-May 1992 Edition)

We can hope there’s something wrong with the methods these researchers used – some loophole through which we can squeeze. But just in case there isn’t perhaps as we study Luke, the Gospel that spotlights compassion, there would be no harm in concentrating a little harder than usual on what Jesus says about loving our neighbor. That’s what having faith is all about. As Christians we ought to be leading the way when it comes to serving others because that’s what Christ did and He asks us to do the same thing with our faith. The easy way out is not the right way out when living a life of faith.

We pray. Dear Lord, sometimes it seems to us that simply confessing You is enough and we can go on living our lives without much investment in the way of our time, abilities or comforts. Forgive us when we fall into the trap of mere belief without the a faith that works because of what we believe. Help us Father to recognize opportunities to care for and serve others, even when we are required to invest personal risk in order to do what is truly Your will–to love others as we would love ourselve

s. 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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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