29 Dec Faith in action
Read Matthew 16:24-28
Thought for the Day: Our faith makes a difference!
I first heard the testimony of Sabina Wurmbrand as a teenager when my parents gave me a book by Voice of the Martyrs, an organization she co-founded. Wurmbrand had faced a lifetime of persecution for her faith. Raised in a Romanian Jewish family, Sabina was the only member of her immediate family who was not put to death in a concentration camp. After the war, she and her husband Richard continued to spread their face while living under state-sponsored persecution. Their willingness to preach the Gospel despite persecution led them both to be imprisoned on multiple occasions. Sabina remained constant, reminding her husband that “Doing the work of God is dangerous. Not doing it is more dangerous!”
The Wurmbrand’s lived out the Jesus’ Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Other believers like the Wurmbrands have taken this call to action seriously. They remind us that complacency isn’t an option. Today, we live in a hurting society that needs us to take action by sharing Christ’s love so we can make a real difference in our world.
It is easy to misunderstand, however, what it means to take action. Faith in action isn’t furthering hurt and division. Faith in action means we love God, love our neighbors, feed the hungry, care for the invisible, pray for one another, be honest about our own sin, and follow Jesus every day. Consider for a moment how much worse off our world is when Christians DON’T do those things! In 2022, let’s remember to live out our faith so we make a difference!
Pastor David and (Stan)