Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Faith Without Action.

The book of James talks about faith without action being dead. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people claim to have faith but have no deeds? Can such faith save them?

15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 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. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"[e] and he was called God's friend. 24 You see that people are justified by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

For years, I have been challenged to do something with my life. God has lately instilled a passion to help suffering people along with working with youth . I still also want my faith in Christ to mean something and make a difference for someone. Be it help lead a youth or adult to Christ, connect a homeless person to employment, or money. Volunteer somewhere. Whatever God would draw me towards. How and what.... not up to me is it? I'm sick of simplicity, but also lack confidence and self esteem. Hard to balance. I must make my faith alive and not a lie.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

When trusting God is a handful

A passage in 1 Kings got me thinking the other day. Trusting God is tough (now, that's not just a revelation I came to now. I always knew it!)

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" 11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

"As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."

Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.' "

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

Now, this lady only had enough flour and oil to cook a small amount of bread. The fact that Elijah asked for her possible last meal is staggering. He followed with an intriguing challenge. Try and put yourself into both Elijah's and the widow's shoes. How would you react if your last meal on this earth was asked by s stranger? Despite his promise from God, would you trust in the heat of the moment? I sure wouldn't. Forigve my doubt but in the past I've had a Thomas-like faith. However, like always God fulfills his promise and the widow never runs out of flour and oil. Quite miraculous.
Consider how trusting God is like that. How much more faith would we have if we trusted like that widow?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yet another Green Tea crash

It's been a while since I've blogged. Or even read anything including my bible. I really feel convicted about some of my blogs, perhaps a bit too brash. Apologies peeps.

I really want to grow spiritually, know God more and try and be a better person. I've been casually swearing more, which I dont like. It's a reflex now. Hate it. My devotional life is fading as well. A friend told me that those are my lifeline. Dont know what to think of it. However, God can use the broken, the weak to do some great work.

Into my third year of college, I wonder if the path I am on is God's. Should I really be a youth pastor? Or is this social work thing going to come up down the road? I'd love to work with Teen Challenge