Found a GOOD passage. There is a passage in the bible where Jesus called out the Scribes and the Pharisees for the error of their ways. He said that they, “do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.” That is, they did not lived what they taught. They talk-the-talk, but didn’t walk-the-walk. He said that “their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.” [I know there are big words here, but I can’t help that.] In today terms, they can probably give a dictatorial exegesis or hermeneutical interpretation (as my husband would say,) on any passage in the bible, but their Christian life was POOR!
They DO not DO as they should DO, but rather SAY as they should DO — Got it!
In one of my favorite books of Bible, JAMES, expounds on a truth just along these lines. James 2:14-16 says, “if people say they have faith, but do nothing, (there’s that word yet again), their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them? A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food. If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” BUT DO NOT GIVE THEM anything to eat…. This is a no-brainer to a Jesus follower: let ME first feed the guy, clothe the gal; then they will have enough strength, concern or consciousness to actually hear and understand the Word that we, believers, share to them.
One of my favorite authors1, without calling names- Jen Hatmaker—said “a genuine study of the Word results in believers who feed poor people and open up their guest rooms;” They stretch their hands to the needy and visit the widows and destitute among us. She went on to say, “Show me a Bible teacher off mission, and I’ll show you someone with no concept of the gospel he is studying.”
Taking the love we’ve received from above and impacting our world is our MISSION.
When times get tough, as they certainly will; when you lose that job, when you contract an illness, when you run out of money, energy and fuel and the nearest “gas station” is another 10 miles ahead. When an insurmountable obstacle in front of you. You should respond in faith.
In faith that the same God that carried you through that drought a year ago will take you up again. In Faith, that the God will bring a great triumph from the evil others did to you- possessing a confidence and security in the abilities of Christ. In Faith that all things work together for good to those who love God. [Romans 8:28] In Faith that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness [James1:3 ESV]. In Faith that although I the circumstance feels unbearable, yet will I trust him [Job 13:15].
We surrender our lives to your will and purposes.
Forgive me for selfishly overlooking the needs of my brothers and sisters.
Provide an opportunity today for me to do, live and walk out your love to others.
In Jesus name.
- Jen Hatmaker in An experimental mutiny against excess
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