PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jul
18

Matching My Lip Service w/ Life Service!

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?" (James 2:25)
Observation
James us calling the recipients of his letter to action. Life action that is. Faith w/o works is dead - that's a pretty strong statement. It's interesting to me, to think of Jesus' brother writing a letter to other Christians with this kind of message. It's a message that challenges the called of Christ to step up their game, so to speak. There is said to be over 100 imperative commands in the book of James. This speaks strongly towards our responsibility as Christians to put our life and good deeds, where our hearts and faith are. James is calling us to match our faith with our works. Rahab the prostitute was marked as a woman of faith. SHe is even written of in Hebrews!

"By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies." (Hebrews 11:31)
Application
If I think about it enough, where Rahab makes the "cut" as a key faith figure in the Scriptures, my "world is shaken." Of all the kinds of people God uses to illustrate faith - a "faith-filled" hooker!

That goes to show me several things:
  1. God's purposes and ways are beyond mine, and he chooses to use people and situations as He deems necessary to advance His Kingdom!
  2. That I want to live taking a little more risks for and unto God.
  3. I want to be a man of action - my life service, needs to match my lip service!
Prayer
Dear Jesus,
Thanks for the great services where Your body was equipped, encouraged, strengthened and challenged to live for you! Start w/ ME - may my life service align more with my lip service. I can sure "lip it" well - but help me to "live it" well! I desire to live out Your will, above all else!

Devotions for July 18

Isaiah 32,33,34,35
James 2

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