If I was filling out a spiritual resume based on my life this year so far, here is a list of my accomplishments:
- Derr dee derr…
OK, it is fine that my salvation is by faith and not of works. Thank goodness for that because my works have been mostly just figuring out how to live in this mess called “2020”.
But still, I’m beginning to feel that I should be doing some works. I’ve got to admit that my efforts have been pretty lame.
James 2:21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
If I just hang my hat on my relationship with God through faith, well, then it is all about me. When my salvation is all about me, it gets pretty boring and I grow cold and fall away.
James says we are shown to be right by what we do. If we are shown to someone, it means it isn’t all about us anymore. It is about extending our salvation into the rest of the world.
I sometimes have a hard time thinking that God’s love is big enough to fix this big mess that is Mike Ridenour. But, as I extend it into the rest of the world I begin to see it is not only enough for me but for a thousand lost worlds.
My faith has been feeling a bit incomplete this year. I’m afraid I have made it all about me, all about things I am forced to do, things I don’t want to do, things I want to do and can’t, things that aren’t the way they should be.
I don’t need to retreat into silent alone time begging to be pampered and babied by God. I need to extend what he has given me. I’m not really sure how to do that. Maybe it starts with something simple that I really don’t want to do.
I’ll know when I get it right, though. I’ll feel less lacking and more complete.