Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This video is so funny, even though we never think we are guilty of such a thing I love the fact that it points out what so many of us do in reality each day to those around us who are hurting.
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:14
Through this passage the Lord began to open my eyes to where I am guilty of this very thing. God began to say, "Marcie, how many times do you do this to your brothers and sisters?" In particular I was thinking about the fact that its so easy when someone opens up to you about a trial... it so easy to only pray for them, but, faith does so much more.
Recently I have seen one person in particular that I knew was suffering around me and have went to them with a heavy heart and told them that I am praying for them, and I am. However, I should show them that I care in other ways. In the Reformed Expository Commentary on James it's pointed out that we should not call someone after surgery and ask how they are, but instead, we should take a meal to their house and when we are there ask them the question.
See, God graciously showed me that I am not ministering to those around me who are going through trials. God reminded me of something my husband shared after dinner the other night. He was encouraging us to give God our Effort, Time and Money. I thought, of course we tithe and of course I give Him time in the morning and effort yeah it takes effort to strive to fight sin in my life. However, this really struck me when I read this passage. To help those who need help takes all three of these.
Are you guilty of this too? Are you turning a blinds eye to a brother or sister who are in need of something? If you say that you are doing these things, then be encouraged my sister that you are glorifying God and you are proving that you have faith by your actions. If you say that you really don't know anyone with needs around you, then pray that the Lord would show you and open your eyes to see those around you who truly are in need.
One final thought, I know this blog is "Don't Waste Your Homemaking" so I thought I would include some thoughts about helping those in need in our homes. Let’s consider that someone comes to you and shares a trial they are going through. Why not instead of just praying for this person ask them if they would want to come to your house the following week? Set a date right then and there and ask if they would like to come over for some coffee or tea so you could see how things are going. Prior to them coming over seek the Lord and ask Him to use you to encourage this person and to strengthen their faith. Be intentional with their visit and remind them of scriptures that will carry them through this trial.
May we seek to glorify God in all things we do, may we not waste our homemaking.
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