Monday, May 11th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 33)
My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.
John 5:17 (NASB)
Though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.
John 10:38 (NKJV)
Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:18-20 (NKJV)
The Author of our faith didn't limit Himself to astonishing Words. He committed Himself to evidential works. The ultimate Speaker didn't limit Himself to prayer sessions with God. He committed Himself to restoring mankind.
The Temple Designer didn't confine Himself to four walls and a roof. He committed Himself to reaching lost people. The Lawgiver's Own Son didn't focus on religious brethren. He committed Himself to obvious sinners. Jesus showed us His faith by His works.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider two things:
1) Talking the talk of a Christian is harmful without walking the walk of Christ. Because if you call yourself a Christian without acting like Christ, you harm His witness among outsiders. Better a saint-hating atheist than a self-righteous Christian. Jesus condemned religious hypocrites.*
2) Jesus accepted two kinds of people: A) Those who believed based on His Life and His Words; B) Those who believed based on their eyes and His work. Like the Apostle Thomas, who refused the eye-witness accounts of ten close friends. He wanted to see the wounds of a resurrected Christ:
'Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed' ' (John 20:29). Even so, Jesus agreed to Thomas' need for proof.
Therefore, be willing to put your works to the test for every doubting Thomas: men of character who seek physical evidence of spiritual truth. If Jesus agreed to Thomas' need, so should we.
Consider a few works that witness your faith to seeking skeptics:
1) Leaving your comfort zone to witness your King in media.
2) Putting aside your plans to assist a person in peril.
3) Refusing to judge, complain or gossip when all others do.
4) Forgiving a wrongful offender: someone who harmed your life.
5) Going on when others do not; giving when others just take.
6) Speaking big by your actions, over speaking big by your words.
7) Gently correcting your brethren; asking the same for yourself.
To Be Continued...
* Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+23&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.