by Randy Chambers, 2016-09-28
James 2:15-16, NIV: Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes
and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and
well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
It takes far more than good intentions to make an impact on this world. Just
consider how many good intentions have risen and fell with each New Year
Resolution. We resolve to do better, to think better, to act better, and to be
better. We make ourselves promises, and we make God promises. But so much
remains the same. Consider the poor, the lost, the sick, and the hurting. Where
are we in regards to them? Do we wish them well only to continue on our way? Do
we hope the will have what they need, find Jesus, be healed and find hope? We
can go about our lives from new year to new year wishing things would be better,
but until we put feet to our thoughts, we will get to the end of yet another
year feeling like the year before—empty and unfulfilled. Though the reason we
serve is not to be personally satisfied, it is something that will satisfy
longings in us, the depths of which we have yet to understand.