Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…
“Faith, by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.”
James 1:22-25, 2:17
Does your faith have feet and what kind of shoes are you wearing ?
Shoes……….. I love shoes. To be honest they are one of my weaknesses. I find it hard to pass up a good shoe bargain, because every girl knows you can’t have too many pairs of shoes , right ! Subsequently there are shoes for all occasions, style , colour, and practicality are taken into consideration when making a purchase and every so often comfort is forfeited simply for appearance.
Shoes are made to be worn. They don’t sit on a shelf as decor, they are not the topic of conversation only to be hidden away in their box in the closet, never seeing the light of day. They have a purpose and a specific function. What’s the point of having shoes if we don’t actually wear them ?
In reality we can be excessive, but we can never have too many pairs of shoes to put on our feet of faith.
God is very clear……Don’t just listen……Do !
Work Boots for the tough and gritty, runners for the long hauls, gumboots for mud and storms, hikers for arduous terrain, slippers to walk softly and gently, thongs when things get hot, sandals in times of comfort and heels to carry beauty.
We have been chosen …..” God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him… ” 1 Peter 2:9-10 ( MSG )
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be deceived or living a dead faith ! We need to be prepared every day to slip into whatever type of shoe is needed to DO His work.
Raid your closet and drag out those shoes you have tucked away. WEAR them, wear them until you cannot wear them anymore! There is no shortage of size or availability in Gods shoe store, and they are free, because He will always give us what we need to do His work.
” How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring the good news of peace and salvation…..” Isaiah 52:7
Putting feet on our faith is not an option. God does not give us shoes just in case we may need them or feel like wearing them. He intends for us wear them out. Don’t be concerned if the fit doesn’t feel quite right, or is a little uncomfortable at first, they have to be worn in. God does not fit shoes incorrectly. He knows exactly what size we need, and what style is required.
It’s time to have beautiful feet !
I haven’t posted for a couple of days , as I am just emerging from an hectic and totally amazing weekend of which I can’t help but share.
Our beautiful city of Newcastle has just hosted an event ” CityFest with Luis Palau “. After over a year of planning, hundreds of volunteers and church partnerships, council and community support, the festival went ahead, blessed with a weekend of incredible weather and most importantly Gods presence.
A few months ago, in preparation for CityFest, local churches in our Hunter Region launched CityServe, which is to become an regular event. Almost 1000 volunteers embarked on a day of community service. From backyard blitz’s to school maintenance, to cleaning up our streets, blessing homes in need, you name it , they did it. A real felt benefit was created in our community, media coverage expressed a positive influence from our local churches.
The buzz and anticipation increasing the week leading up to CityFest with radio, television , paper and flyers flooding our town.
And it did not disappoint . On our beautiful foreshore, it was all happening.
Extreme Sports demos by JC Epidemic, Jesus ProAm Surf competition, Kids Fun Zone hosting a myriad of activities and daily show with The Lads, and markets with food and local artisans.
On The Main Stage, bands including Evermore, Hillsong, New Empire and Antiskeptic, artists Britt Nicole, Darlene Zschech, Stan Walker and The Salem Gospel Choir, rocked our city.
Thousands of people were treated to an incredible family friendly weekend of totally FREE, yes….FREE, entertainment and fun. But most importantly they heard the message of hope, the good news of The Gospel.
Luis Palau has shared this message with millions of people worldwide, and over this weekend, in our little corner of the world, through the sharing of life experience from both he and his son Andrew, the awesome transforming power of the Gospel was made known and hundreds raised their hands and gave their lives to Jesus.
An event of this magnitude requires hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the commitment of man hours. An army of volunteers to willingly give of their time, money and PRAYER.
Our community has been given a glimpse of Christianity as a lifestyle. We know how to have fun, party and enjoy life. We are real people, willing to give back to our community in a positive way.
This festival was not about ” Bang for the Buck ” or the number of salvations. We are not to know how many seeds were planted, nor as to when they will germinate. Jesus died even for the one.
Was CityFest worth all the money and effort ?
” This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that NO ONE need be destroyed ; by believing in him, ANYONE can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger , telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted……” John 3:16-17 The Message
Ps we were treated to an amazingly beautiful sunset on the closing evening.