Daily Devotional – Friday, October 1, 2021
"The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 4:17-18, NLT)
Does the above verse describe you? Pure…peace loving…gentle at all times…willing to yield…full of mercy and good deeds…shows no favouritism…always sincere…peacemaker? If not, may I humbly suggest that there is still room in your life for greater obedience to God, just as there is in my own life. We are called to live a life of obedience to God’s Words and to not do so demonstrates foolishness on our parts. Did I just accuse us all of being foolish to some degree? Yes, but only because Jesus did first.
In Jesus’ sermon on the mount He taught many things, some of which we have an incredibly difficult time obeying, but attempt to obey we must. Jesus expects us to grow in His likeness—to possess His Beatitudes; to be light and salt for God in this dark and tasteless world; to have self-control and fulfill our commitments; to love our enemies and leave vengeance to God; to give to the needy and by doing so store up treasure in heaven; to not make your faith observances a show, but remain humble and transparent before God; not to judge others as inferior, but to treat them as you want to be treated; follow God’s way and produce the fruit of good deeds. Then for the bombshell, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock…But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand” (Matthew 7:24,26). Obedience to God demonstrates wisdom…disobedience, foolishness.
Those who don’t know God or refuse to obey have bought into the idea that to have to answer to anyone else is a sign of weakness. And they’re not wrong. When we obey God, we are recognizing our own inability to control our lives and our need to accept His Sovereignty. We are weak, but that admission only makes a way for God’s power to be made perfect in us. Denying our weakness does not make us strong; it leaves us vulnerable to the evil that is so prevalent in this world and in our own natures. Giving God control and choosing to follow His lead, results in a strength of character and spirit that we could never engender on our own!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!