Wednesday, June 02, 2010

You Gotta Serve Somebody

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
James 1:22

The pond was green and scummy. I tried to cast my bait into a part that looked clean, but when I reeled the bait in it had green slime all over it. I asked my dad, “Why does this pond have so much slimy, green scum and why does it stink so bad?” “Well,” dad replied, “When the water is not flowing through a pond it begins to grow all kinds of stuff that keep it from being clean, the water may be flowing in but it also has to flow out to keep the pond healthy.”
Spiritually speaking, I believe there are a few of us who have a scummy, green, slime growing on us. We may even have a little stench about us. Like the pond, we have a source but no outlet. The Bible, Sunday School, preaching, fellowship, convictions from the Holy Spirit, and years of church life are our source. Witnessing, service and ministry are our spiritual outlets. There are many outlets in our church. There are many places to minister in our community. When we receive but never give it leads to spiritual stagnation. This condition can be treated, not by good works alone, but works that are a fruit of our faith in Christ. If we are a hearer, James says that we should become a doer. (My spellcheck says that scummy is not a word but I believe you know what I mean.)

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25)

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