Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Poor People (Part 34, Conclusion)
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
James 1:27 (NASB)
My feathers used to get ruffled when someone called me religious. I misinterpreted the word and thought it meant I was rulish. But in reading its definition, it doesn't mean that at all. Religious means faithful and conscientious: to believe and do.
It's a theme in the Book of James; our faith is proven by our works. Throughout His Book, God describes the works He judges most important: caring for those we meet who are poor, lonely, needy or helpless.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: media has erased our borders. God allowed this communication technology to reach around our world. Largely, it has been used for evil. Spinning lies into a shiny web, entertainment is a sticky mess.
Eyes get glued, ears get clogged and hearts cling to bad examples in fairy tales. You've grown up with the wizards of Oz. Now you've been cast in the roles of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. In these parts, you're Spirit-filled, intelligent, sensitive and courageous.
The goal of your starring performance is the raising of your audience: to show the Way, the Truth and the Life, to invite them to the home you love. God has set you up for great success, so don't grow weary of the journey.
Even if you can't see it glowing, keep following the yellow brick road. Soon enough, it will turn to real gold.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.