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Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can such faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.” James 2:14-18 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Let’s get up out of the p-e-e-e-w”
Does your church have chairs or pews? It doesn’t really matter, it’s just the place where you sit and listen when you’re “in church” and hearing a sermon. Tim Hansel says that for many Christians it’s not just a pew, it’s a p-e-e-e-w. The question he asked was, “Do you spend most of your Christian life sitting stiffly and quietly in a thing called a p-e-e-e-w?”
The implication is inertia, inactivity. And, unfortunately, for many, that is the extent of the practice of their faith. It consists of attending a service, singing some songs, listening to a sermon, and then going back to their regular life. But the practice of our faith isn’t supposed to be something we do for an hour on Sunday morning, it’s supposed to be the life that we live 24/7. It’s not an activity we participate in once a week, it’s who we are. It defines our life. And it is supposed to be a life of action.
In James 2:14-18 James said that faith without works is dead. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, only that it’s not a dynamic, thriving, resilient faith. Instead, it’s a limp, weak, insignificant thing that makes little real difference in the life of the individual who has it or in the lives of the people that individual interacts with.
In yesterday’s devotional I said that we all have considerable untapped potential in our lives and that we can all be stronger and better than we are. I ended by urging everyone to have a plan that will help you to develop and grow in the various areas of your life. One of the best things any of us can do to start making things better is to simply get up out of the pew, or off of the couch, and start doing something meaningful and helpful. Action creates momentum and as momentum builds, it keeps us moving in the right direction.
What can you do in order to improve and grow? The answer to that question is unique to you. It depends on what your life looks like right now. Just pick an area that needs improvement and start doing something about it. James encouraged us to be involved in acts of ministry that bless and help others. I think that’s a wonderful place to start.
We can all be better than we are, and that’s especially true in the ways in which we practice our faith.
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