One Another Devotion - Day 30
Care for One Another
James 2:14-17 New King James Version 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Faith is more than a realization of a higher power; more than knowing the Trinity surrounds us each day and cares for us. Jesus showed us His “fruit” in person while on the earth and through the scriptures. He didn’t just pray over people, He healed them. He didn’t just answer questions yes or no, He gave examples (parables) and then showed us exactly how to execute the idea.
To truly have a relationship with Christ, a person must come to the realization that actions are a part of the journey. Simply sitting in our knowledge, but not putting it to work would mean we don’t really understand what Christ wants for us.
When we reach out and help others, we spread His love to them as that example. This “fruit” glues the community of Christ together in many ways and greatly aided in the spread of Christianity from Jesus and the Disciples. If we go to church each weekend, but never reach out and help others, they are missing out, and we are missing out as well - because we ourselves won’t be growing.
Amassing much bible knowledge, but not applying it for the Kingdom is only part of the journey, it must be shared to get the full value of His teaching. Jesus never intended for His relationship with us to be individualized, but as a group.
The vast majority of the time, people learn of Jesus through others, not because they just decided to go to a church out of curiosity. When we express our hearts to those around us, we give them exposure to ideas and open their world to the possibility of being saved, like we are. God is depending on us for this partnership and it is a big part of our Fruits.
Also, our Tithe and Giving by itself does not complete the relationship with Christ, fruit - action - caring for one another - this is the other way to give back to Him.
There is a major difference between Works and Fruit, too. Over the centuries, many people have fallen for the idea that Works will get them to heaven. Works are empty without the relationship with Christ and loving Jesus is not complete without Fruits, it takes both to grow to our potential and realization of the complete purpose He has for us.
1. How have you experienced God’s love and care through someone else? What did that mean to you? Can you reach out and tell that person and thank them today?
2. Someone around you needs to know about God’s love today. How can you SHOW them God’s love?