A Rigor Mortis Faith

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Or possibly the work of a Cereal killer?

James 2:14 -24What 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”

Fleeting Shadows, Enduring Impact

Job 14:1 – “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We feel so self-important at times, but there have been many people throughout history of greater worth. Yet their time is gone. Like us they spring up and wither away. The difference is in the impact they made while they were here. We will not endure, but we should try to live a life that leaves an impact and that endures long after we are gone.

My Advice – Make the most of the time that you have. When you are young, with your whole life ahead of you, it may seem like you have all the time in the world. When you are older, looking back, you wonder where the years went. Be able to look back with few regrets of moments that were lost or wasted.

Sometime Opportunities

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Galatians 6:9-10Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – Sometimes we do not grow weary and give up, because we never got going to begin with and don’t have anything to give up.  Sometimes we miss the opportunities because we just were not paying attention (too self-absorbed?).  Sometimes we think “as we have opportunity” means “only if it is convenient.”  Sometimes we act as if “especially to those who belong to the family of believers” means “[only] to those who belong to the family of believers.” Sometimes we think “to all people” is only those people who believe, think, act, dress, share the same opinions or look like we do. Sometimes we only want to do good if we think we will “reap a harvest” for ourselves (what’s in it for me?).  Sometimes we only want to do good only if  we think that they are deserving of good.   Sometimes sometime is most of the time.  Sometimes maybe we is just me (it’s so me times not so we times).  Lord help me to focus on the good you want me to do and not so much on the good I think others should do. At least sometimes.

My Advice – Goodness knows there is an abundance of opportunities (not sometimes there are opportunities) out there of people down on their luck or going through difficult times that are in need.  They cross our paths everyday.  To the extent we do it for the least of these, we do it as for the Lord.  Sometimes we do the least for these rather than doing for the least for these.

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P.S. Another early photo op of my son Joel grown weary.  He was already tired tomorrow.

 

For Such A Time As This

Esther 4:15 – “And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We must be ready to act when God puts us into a position to make a difference. He is showing His faith in us, we must respond by showing our faithfulness to Him.

My Advice – When you find yourself in a situation that is either almost too good to be true, or that is almost too hard to believe it is happening, ask yourself if perhaps God has brought you to that particular situation for a specific purpose. Coincidences usually do not just happen to God’s chosen ones. They occur by design for a reason. Be involved in the reason.

Seeing Great In Small

Seeing Great In Small

2 King 5:13 – “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We cannot all be destined to do great things for God. But it is a great thing to be called to do anything, by God. God does not look at the magnitude of the task, He looks at our faithfulness in carrying it out.

My Advice – Whatever God calls you to in life, do it faithfully. Do not think that just because the task is small that God thinks less of it than the large tasks others are called to do. By the same token, do not look down on others whose tasks for God seem less than your own.