August 5, 2020

Oh, you can't get to heaven on a pair of roller skates.

I've never been good at roller skating. Yet, I have been invited to several birthday parties at a skating rink. My daughter wants a pair of roller skates for her birthday. She loves to “skate” around the house with sock covered feet.

If you’re not careful, you can easily “skate” onto your backside in your kitchen while wearing socks. That’s a story for another time.

We often hear the term “skate by” when it comes to tests, school, and even projects at work. Those are things that you can skate by and do the bare minimum. Trust me, I graduated from college after just barely passing a higher level history class.

There are many things that if you want, you can get away with just barely skating by. However, you can not and must not “skate by” when it comes to your Salvation or the Salvation of those around you.

We cannot put on pretend skates and just pretend that our one time prayer of forgiveness for our sins is going to lead us to be an example of Christ to those that are lost!

We must be diligent in our journey with Jesus after that prayer of salvation to strive to be more like Him and less like ourselves.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17 (NET)

In this passage of scripture, we cannot skate by with a simple prayer of God’s provision for someone in need and not do something along it.

We are called as Christians to provide more than just lip service of meaningless prayers. Even the Priest and Levite in the story of The Good Samaritan could have done that while they walked away.

To be Christ-like is both words and action. You can’t have one without the other. It would be like trying to drink coffee without a cup.

I challenge you to join me as we embark on the second half of 2020, to put your faith into action and show the love and hope of Jesus Christ to the world around  us by our actions and love. What can you do to show that love today?



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