2010 Constantly Seeking God Challenge – Day One!!
James 2:23-26 : And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Wow what a challenge for me to start the new year with: ‘faith without works is dead’. If my faith, my walk with Jesus doesn’t include action, me being active with what I believe, such as caring for the poor, praying for the sick, then my faith is dead. And the greek behind the word dead, is nekros, which can mean no longer devoted to or under the influence of something. So when James says, ‘faith without works is dead’ what he is actually saying is that in being active in my faith, I am truly coming under the influence of Jesus and I am truly devoted and committed to God. If I am not active as a Christian then I am the opposite, not devoted and not under the influence of God.
This is the first entry of the year long 2010 Constantly Seeking God Challenge and what a reading to start with. This is what it is all about: in constantly seeking God I will immerse myself in His Word, I will pray, I will confess my sin. And all of this is so that I can even more come into God’s presence, under God’s influence. And this amazing James passage tells me clearly that this is not about finding a comfortable chair in the God’s house and relaxing, but more about entering the house ready for action, ready to serve God He wills it.
And finding out God’s will for me life is top priority. The more I come into God’s presence through prayer, Bible reading and confession, the more I will understand God’s will. And seeking God’s will and purpose for me isn’t just about what ministry I will do in 2010, but what God wants me to do right now. I want more and more to relate to God in the immediate, to be relating to God right now and every moment of the day. To be constantly in God’s presence.
So I am ready God! Right now what do you want me to do?
I commit to making my faith active. Praise God!!
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