1 Thessalonians 1:3 – We continually remember before our God your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Work, labor and endurance, without faith, love and hope are meaningless and unfulfilling.
My Advice – Make sure you give your life to a purpose you love, that increases your faith, and that leaves you with hope.
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The harvest is certain if we do not give up. The problem is we often look for instant gratification and grow impatient waiting for the proper time.
My Advice – Do good even if you never see a reward in it. Do it because it is right. The reality is you will be rewarded, if done with the right motive. It may not be right away, it may not even be in this lifetime. But even if no one else ever notices or acknowledges it, God does and will.
Galatians 6:1 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – And what is the law of Christ? Love God with all our heart, soul and might and love our neighbors as ourselves.
My Advice – Burdens are easier to bear when there is someone to help. Help others with theirs. God will certainly send someone to help you with yours when it is needed. It very well could be someone you helped previously, helping you because you helped them.
2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)
“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster
My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly. It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.
My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – God solved the ultimate when He sent His Son to die for us. That is His workmanship. Now we are new creations with work to do that God has prepared for us. That is our workmanship. How are we doing?
My Advice – This week, only for myself.
Or possibly the work of a Cereal killer?
James 2:14 -24 – What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Early in his post-reformation ministry, Martin Luther referred to the Epistle of James as Continue reading “A Rigor Mortis Faith”
Proverbs 1:2-5 – For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This (Proverbs) book has valuable information for both the simple and wise. You are never too simple to learn these lessons and never too wise that you do not need them.
My Advice – You would do well to make this a book in your Bible with pages that are unusually worn. The advice is timeless, practical and true. Consult it often. No matter how wise you think you’ve become, always be willing to listen.