5 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 5

Rise up in Service

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17

REFLECTION

When people say ‘words are cheap’ they are simply stating that unless our words are backed up with action then our words hold no value. Sometimes in a relationship you hear people say ‘I need to see evidence of your commitment, not just hear empty promises’. In sporting competitions when someone says alot and fails to deliver people state ‘all bark and no bite’. James in our text today is saying exactly the same things to those who are followers of Jesus Christ. He is saying ‘don’t tell me you have faith, show me what your faith is doing’. James pulls no punches. He doesn’t want to minimise the impact of his word, rather he wants to challenge us to have a faith that is vibrant and alive and having an impact.

God did not just believe that the sacrifice of Jesus will cleanse sin. God came into our sinful world and lived among us and died so that we can have life. Jesus literally gave his life so that we could have life and unless we actively engage with that truth in our interaction with people and it shapes our action towards others then saying we have faith will just be all bark and no bite.

All of us should be able to look at our lives and state, this is the service my faith is providing for others. This is from the money we give, to the time we give and to the activities we do. So today we want to rise up in service and continue working for Jesus.

QUOTES

Just as love is a verb, so is FAITH – Nannie Helen Burroughs

PRAYER

Jesus said ‘I have not come to be served but to serve’. If Jesus is all that we want to become then our attitude should be the same as his. So today we want to pray that God will guide us and enable us to rise up in our service to God, nation, community and family and friends.

So today we pray that God will…

  • Bring healing to wounded hearts damaged by serving the church
  • Continue to build his church for effective service
  • Raise up our witness in sharing Jesus wisely as elimworthing
  • Bless and Commit into our hands ministries that set people free from the power of darkness in our communities
  • Begin the process of seeing loved ones come to faith in answer to our prayers – partners, children, parents etc

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MEDITATION

Sometimes serving Jesus can leave us broken and wounded. Church history is littered with many who once passionately followed Jesus only to be broken by the callous and wounded actions of the body of Christ. When I hear people say ‘I love God and Jesus is my saviour, but I don’t do church anymore’. I perfectly understand that sentiment. Yet it is still not an excuse to abandon the body of Christ that he loves and died for and is still working on. The church is not perfect because you and I are not perfect.

Jesus continues to be our example. On the cross as Jesus goes through the agony of sin. As he faces the pain of separation from the father. As the stench of sin sips into his perfect soul and he becomes the scapegoat, the sacrificial lamb. He can see those he is dying for mocking him, laughing and jeering at him, taunting him and in his pain and agony when he had the power to come down from the cross, Jesus said ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’. The truth is some of the pains that have hindered service within the body of Christ have come from those who we need to forgive.

So today take a moment to stop and reflect on those who might need your forgiveness so that your service for Jesus is not hindered.

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