May 12, 2015

James 1_22

James 1:16-27

Does your job require you to work on commission? To someone who works on commission, there are few more disheartening words from a browsing customer than when in response to a polite “May I help you?” one hears “No thanks, I’m just looking.”

Some people spend all their lives “just looking” never willing to invest their energies or emotions or economic security in anything because of the risks involved. People who are permanently “just looking” drift in and out of jobs without ever finding a vocation; they drift in and out of relationships without ever daring to love, and they drift in and out of the church without ever opening their hearts to the Spirit of God or feeling the pulse of Christ’s body.

Just looking doesn’t cut it. James gives us our marching orders with these words: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

Prayer: Jesus, a little girl (Lilly) said: just do it! Thank you for her inspiration especially when I am lazy. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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One Response to May 12, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Far too many believe that if you go to church, you are a Christian. This also makes no sense. If I spend all my time in a garage, does this make me a car? To be active and engaged in doing God’s work, loving others before ourselves, making disciples are the ingredients to make a Christ follower.

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