Tuesday – December 13, 2016
Read: James 1:22-27
Focus: vss 25, 27
“But if anyone keeps looking steadily into God’s law for free men, he will not only remember it but he will do what it says, and God will greatly bless him in everything he does.”
“The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord – not soiled and dirtied by his contact with the world.”
Because Jesus loves me, died for me, provides for me, and puts faith and hope inside of me – I want to help others find Him, too. To do this I need to keep looking steadily into God’s word. Thus, I will remember it and do what it says. The more I experience His love, the more it flows into me, through me, and out of me in service to others. However, the barriers of emotional and physical pain must be noted and addressed before my message of love can be heard.
James correctly reminds me that if I want Him to bless me and use me, then I must care for those temporal needs of others first, even before I try to teach and preach to them. This is a hard lesson for some of us – those of us who are hard-wired to teach and instruct. I would almost rather that I could leave the “other” stuff to those who seem to gravitate toward social issues. “Come into my self-contained classroom and I will use all means to reach (teach) you,” that is me. But in today’s passage I see that I can’t separate one from the other – not if I want to practice true religion, and I do. This Christmas my prayer is that God would create in me a new heart – one that loves the needy as much as He does. Will you make that your prayer, too?