My friend, may I ask you a question? James 2:16 “If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you will; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” Words don’t mean much if we have the ability to do more. Do Belief, faith and trust need hands and feet—ours?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I don’t know how many times I have looked for a flashlight over the years and not been able to find one. Flashlights are one of those things that seem to have a knack for growing legs and walking in our house. There was one in particular that I really liked--sturdy, heavy and brilliant when switched-n. It was as much a tool as a torch in some ways. Then one day I laid it down, forgot I had done that, moved on and forgot completely where I had put it. I looked for it on and off for weeks until I finally broke down and bought another. Then, unexpectedly, I ran across my old flashlight. I was delighted and quickly went to snap the switch and turn it on. There was no light, however. Having been laid aside for so many months, the batteries had gone dead. Despite its potential, it was now useless in the state it was in.
That potentially great flashlight is, in many ways, similar to our faith. Believing in God gives us real beauty and tremendous potential. But that faith, if left alone and forgotten, is as good as dead if we don’t employ it. Faith knowledge is one thing. But, faith action is another.
Here’s a story that illustrates the point. A young boy, on an errand for his mother, had just bought a dozen eggs. Walking out of the store, he tripped and dropped the sack. All the eggs broke, and the sidewalk was a mess. The boy tried not to cry but the loss of those precious eggs soon brought tears to his eyes. He sobbed openly as he tried to clean up his mess. A few people gathered to see if he was hurt and to tell him how sorry they were. In the midst of the works of pity, one man handed the boy a quarter. Then he turned to the group and said, “I care 25 cents worth. How much do the rest of you care?” (Stanley C. Brown.)
James 2:16 “If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you will; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” Words don’t mean much if we have the ability to do more. Belief, faith and trust need hands and feet—ours!
We pray. Heavenly Father, we often see others in pain, sorrow, want and confusion. Our hearts ache for them as Your Spirit intercedes and pleads mercy, grace and service to our minds, hands and feet. Unfortunately, we often move on once our minds have given us the information for our hands and feet to act on. It is easier that way, and our sinful hearts tell us that getting involved will only cause us to take on more work and responsibility than we need to. Forgive us Father when we falter and don’t give our hands and feet a chance to work with our aching heart. Help us Lord to tie our faith to our deeds so that other may know You better through us. In Jesus name we pray. In Jesus name we pray. 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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