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July 16, 2019, 12:38 PM

July 17, 2019


“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18

 

It is extremely important that we live out our relationship with Jesus daily. Our relationship with Christ should stand out in every area of our lives. There was a time in our culture when Christians lived much like the Pharisees that Jesus so often refuted. The Pharisees were concerned about outward appearances and what others thought about them. They focused their attention on a “work your way to heaven” religion. They made sure everyone thought they were religious regardless of what was on the inside.

However, there seems to be another mindset creeping into our culture today that is just as bad. Whereas the Pharisees of Jesus’ day focused on a “works” salvation, now it seems as though Christians desire to see how little they can do and still go to heaven. So, we ask the question: How are we living before a lost world? Please understand, salvation is only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. There are no works involved for salvation. However, James says very clearly (James 2) that works are a vital part of the Christian’s life. How should that play out in everyday life?

Let me share a very real example. Millennials are those who were born between 1980 and 2000. Best estimates tell us that only about 15 percent of the Millennial generation are Christian. What does that say about how we have been living before that generation? Then, multiply that times millions of others and we begin to understand the problems we face in this country. Out of a population of 73 million Millennials, about 62 million of those young people are lost. Along those same lines, consider some disturbing words from the father of a Millennial. His daughter had gone off to college and had become rebellious and was in very serious trouble. The dad shared these eye-opening words, “We raised her in church, but we didn’t raise her in Christ”. Wow! That is a sad testimony of our “Americanized” Christian culture.

Are we serious about living out our faith? If we are Christians, our lives should show that in every area. It seems we are living just like everybody else but expecting outcomes to be different. It doesn’t work that way! It is not enough to look and talk like a Christian. We must be a Christian. That means at home, at school, at work and every place we go. There are millions of people in this nation who are looking for reality. They are looking for those who have different standards. Our prayer is that we share the message of Jesus in the way we live every day.

                                                                                                                        We love you,

                                                                                                                        Brad and Virginia


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