Today while my boys were eating lunch, I stood in the kitchen slicing some strawberries. I giggled to myself as I overheard this conversation:
Alex (3): I love soccer balls!
Ryan (5): Well you need to love God.
Alex: No, I love soccer balls!
Ryan: Well if you don’t love God, then the police will come get you! (I think we need to work on his theology!!!)
Alex: The police?
Ryan: Yes. They’ll just put you in JAIL!
Ryan: Well the “N” verse says “No one can serve two masters.” (He learned this from Susan Hunt’s ABC Bible Verses)
Alex: Well, Jesus is God.
Alex: And Jesus is the Son of God.
A pause in the conversation for about two minutes.
Alex: MOMMY! RYAN GOT HIS SAUCE ALL OVER ME!
In deed, Ryan had flung ketchup on Alex’s face and splattered it on his nice, white shirt. So he may have some good groundwork, but he apparently needs to learn how to let the faith he talks about express itself! Isn’t this so true of all of us, though? You know Jesus said,
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left,‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
And James warns us that “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2″17-18)
I will be the first to confess, I do not always follow this very well! I get wrapped up in my world. I focus on raising my boys, loving my husband, being a worker of integrity at my job, and many other things that are important here in my home. But I do not often find myself going outside my immediate circle of friends and family to serve and make His name known. If we have true faith, it will be seen in everything that we do and say. So it is my prayer that when I see Him in glory, the Lord will be able to say to me, “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.” (Revelation 2:19)
May our faith be proven true, standing the testing fire by working itself out in love to the needy world around us!