TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, December 08, 2017:
One who performs something; one who accomplishes a great deal.
Be doers of the Word and not hearers only. James 1:22.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The book of James is an instruction book on Christian living and putting our faith in action. James instructs us to do more than just hear what God says in His Word. He says be a doer of the Word (James 1:22). Faith that is real will result in good deeds. If we merely read God’s Word and do not obey it, it serves no purpose. God has gifted each of us with different abilities and He desires that we use them to further His kingdom.
All of us in our homes, our churches, our neighborhoods and our workplaces have seen what we may call doers. When something needs to be done, they are the first to roll up their sleeves and work at it until the job is accomplished. In contrast there are those who are content to sit on their hands and wait to see if someone else will do it.
We can remember in many of our ministry programs people that always showed up and volunteered when we had a need. We can remember the need before Christmas to wrap several thousand Christmas gifts for inner city children. These children were the poorest of the poor and most would not even have one gift for Christmas. We wanted these children to have a gift. Year after year when we asked for help, many of the same people would return to help. They were the doers and they could be counted on.
It was important for us to train our children to be doers. It made them better people and taught them to respond when someone had a need. We wanted them to see that serving others was putting their faith in action. But the best reward for us is listening to a person share how it blessed their heart to help. Those that are the “doers” in blessing others are the ones that receive the greater blessing.
The world is a better world because of the doers of this world. Are you one of the doers of this world by always being ready to pitch in, to be involved, and even lead if necessary? These are the followers of Jesus who have taken the challenge of James to heart: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.”
Are you doing all that God wants you to do to further the good news of the gospel? What you do spiritually for the Lord here and now will bring glorious rewards for you in heaven. Start now by reading God’s Word daily and then put into practice what you learned in your reading. You need to first -- hear, listen and then -- do.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 26:3.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Help me to be a doer of Your Word today. Help me to learn each day as I read the scripture what You want me to accomplish for Your names sake. May others see in me a caring and tender heart willing to reach out at all times to help one in need.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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