Daily Archives: September 21, 2019
This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.
You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: James 1:27 (Context vs. 19-27)
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Application: Care for a widow.
Living Faith | Kathy Page
James wants his believers to not only hear the truth, but also to do it. He is talking about a living faith; a faith that makes more than just a statement, it is one that will result in action. It is pure and undefiled and it is wholly acceptable to God. And, he gives insights as to what is pleasing to God — remembering the orphans and the widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
In the 1st Century, widows and orphans had very little means of support. Unless a family member was willing to care for them, they had to beg, sell themselves as slaves, or starve. By caring for this powerless group of people, the church put into practice God’s Word; it became a living faith.
The second thing James brings out in pleasing God is to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world. We need to commit ourselves to Christ’s ethical and moral system and not succumb to the world’s.
Genuine faith, a living faith, transforms lives. James is encouraging us to put our faith into action. It is easy to say we have faith, but true faith, a living faith will produce loving actions toward others. How can I put my faith into action? By putting my faith to work. By being Jesus to my fellow man. By serving Him through helping them. Perhaps, I can help a widow with something around the house. Perhaps, just sending a note of encouragement, or when I see her, hug her. And, I must remember always that I am not to conform to the world’s value system of money, power and pleasure. My true, living faith means that I turn away from that value system and remain committed to my Jesus.
Father, open my eyes to see the needs of others. Open my ears to their cries. Let me never be afraid to defend and help the oppressed, the poor, the powerless. Show me when love, hope and faith are needed and bring me to those people. I pray my faith will always be a living one, pure and undefiled. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.