Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I read these words from Oswald Chambers this morning as one portion of my devotionals and want to take this opportunity to share them with you.
“I may not understand what Jesus Christ says, but it is dangerous to say that therefore He was mistaken in what He said… Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him? Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see anything (cf. Matt. 14:29); loyalty to my notions means that I clear the ground first by my intelligence. Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.” (My Utmost for His Highest)
There are many things in life that I do not understand. In fact, there are many passages in the Bible that I do not understand. Those things, however, do not bother me nearly as much as the words in the Bible that I do understand, but fail to obey.
Starting Sunday, April 8th, our sermon series will be titled “Twelve Keys for Faithful Living,” messages that will take us through the letter from James. Very few, if any of us, would say that the demons are going to be ‘saved.’ So, what should I think when James writes, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (2:19) Don’t you hear people all the time say that all you must do is believe to be saved? James does say that the demons believe, but he doesn’t say they worship and serve God.
From the time I was a child I heard ‘sin’ defined in terms of lists that were “Thou shalt not…” Does it also bother you to hear James say, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him its sin” (4:17). There are an awful lot of ‘right things’ that I am failing to do!
Maybe it is time for us, as individuals and as a church, to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving [ourselves]” (1:22).
Hope to see you soon so we can fellowship, study God’s Word, worship, or find some avenue to serve Him together.