Our Bible verse for today: “But be doers of the word and not hearers only … Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained in the world.” James 1:22;27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Your life is the evidence”
In a previous devotional message in this series I said that love is a verb – it is an action word. Often, love is an action you take rather than an emotion you feel. It is a decision to act in love regardless of whether you feel the emotions of love or not. In that same message I paraphrased a quote from C.S. Lewis that said, “Don’t worry if you love someone or not, just act as if you do, and soon the feelings of love will come.”
The message of the New Testament is that Jesus calls His followers to be agents of His love in word and in deed. He has tasked us with being the ones who spread His love throughout this world by means of acts of mercy and blessing. It is your life that reveals what you really believe and whether or not you are truly a follower of Christ. The evidence of your faith that the world needs to see is your life.
Today I leave for a short trip to the Amazon Jungle in Peru. My missionary friends Bud and Laura Lenz operate “The El Arca Children’s Home” (www.elarcafam.org) . It is a 110 acre ranch on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest in the southern Amazon basin near the Bolivian border. Myself and another man from our church, Trevor, are bringing supplies to them. We will also spend the week helping with a construction project, playing with the children, and just enjoying some time with our friends.
The ministry of El Arca is an excellent example of love in action. This is the love of Jesus flowing into the lives of orphaned and abandoned Peruvian children, and my friends are people whose faith shows itself to be true by how they live their lives. Their lives are the proof, and I’m always inspired and refreshed by spending time with them at El Arca.
This will be the last devotional message you’ll receive from me until Tuesday October 15th. Between now and then I encourage you to go back and review the devotionals you have already received over the last five weeks of this series. Perhaps there were several that were especially helpful to you and therefore merit a second look. And also, as Trevor and I travel please remember us and our friends at El Arca in your prayers