FAITH IN ACTION

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FAITH IN ACTION

(Read: James 2: 14-26)

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       The other day, my children were playing lego and watching children’s television.  When we called them for dinner, they only said, “ok” but they didn’t come. Finally we shouted, “dinner time!!!” and in a seconds they were seated around the dinner table. Parents have a good purpose when they call their children to gather for dinner time. But, sometimes children are just to busy with their toys and forget to listen to the parents. 

       The relationship between God and believers can be describe like the relationship between parents and their children. Many believers just too busy to their life and did not pay any attention of what God wants in their life.

       Listening to the Word of God, and even saying, “Amen” but then not doing what the Bible says is just like what James describes as a dead faith. A type of Faith which does not lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! Good will is one thing, but without doing good deeds, good will is nothing but dreaming.

       James remind the believers in their sojourn in the world that faith without action is nonsense. Abraham believed in God and bravely left his comfort zone for the Promise Land. He dared to make a sacrificial altar for Isaac and believed beyond his understanding that God knew what was best. Rahab believed in Joshua’s God and helped save the life of Israel’s spies in Jericho. They believed in God and showed their faith through their actions.

       fresh waterFaith in Jesus Christ is not only for Sunday mornings at church, but must be part of our everyday lives as we share with our family, friends and neighbors.  Healthy fresh water coming down from a mountain is pure and drinkable,  but standing water in a dungeon is contaminated with bacteria and is unhealthy and undrinkable. A Christian life, which is created in Christ Jesus to do good works by blessing others, is like healthy fresh water from heaven. But when Christians are hindered because their faith is just in theory and isn’t a reality in their lives, this will drain their spiritual life and nullify their purpose in life. May God help us to not just believe and trust in Jesus Christ, but to nurture our faith by doing good deeds. Amen.

FATIH WITHOUT ACTIONS IS DEAD,

FAITH WITH ACTIONS IS TRUE LIFE

APAKAH IKUT TUHAN, HIDUP PASTI LANCAR?

 

 

APA IKUT TUHAN, HIDUP PASTI LANCAR?

(Baca: Kejadian 26:1-35)

 

       Apakah orang yang ikut Tuhan pasti hidupnya selalu lancar? Jawabannya adalah, tidak! Itulah yang dialami Ishak ketika harus merantau ke Gerar yaitu negeri Filistin. Alkitab mencatat bahwa masa paceklik alias gagal panen membuat kelaparan hebat di jaman Ishak. Di jaman Abraham pun juga pernah mengalami hal serupa dan mereka menumpang di tanah raja Abimelekh, di Gerar (Kejadian 26:1).

       Berjalan bersama Tuhan bukan berarti hidup pasti selalu lancar, tiada halangan dan kesulitan. Berjalan bersama Tuhan memang mendapat penyertaan Tuhan, tetapi Alkitab dengan jelas memperlihatkan bahwa Tuhan tidak menina bobokan orang-orang percaya di dalam kenyamanan, keamanan dan kemakmuran. Selalu ada agenda Tuhan untuk menguatkan iman percaya, menumbuhkan kedewasaan rohani dan membawa umat-Nya yang taat untuk naik satu level lagi di dalam berkat dan penyertaan Tuhan yang nyata (bdk. Kejadian 26:12 32;Kejadian 26:32 ). foreigners-go-home

       Hidup ada kalanya mengalami masa paceklik (baca: sukar, susah, sedih), tetapi ketika kita rela melepaskan masa lalu yang pahit dan berusaha menggali setiap sumur kesempatan hidup di depan kita, maka yakinlah suatu saat usaha yang dijalani dengan melibatkan Tuhan tidak akan berakhir sia-sia.

       Hari ini apabila Anda mengalami berkat berkelimpahan, jangan lupa anugerah Tuhan. Sebaliknya apabila Anda mengalami masa sukar seolah hidup ini menyesakkan dan hampir putus asa; ingatlah bahwa masih ada Tuhan dan Ia belum selesai membuat segala sesuatu indah pada waktu-Nya (Kejadian 26:24). Pastikan perjalanan hidup Anda melibatkan Tuhan. Amin.

 

KETIKA ANDA RELA MELEPASKAN MASA LALU, MAKA BERSAMA TUHAN MASA DEPAN AKAN LEBIH BAIK