Friday, July 17, 2015
Paul talks ALOT about faith today. if we didn't have the book of James to balance things, we might think from what Paul says that all we have to do is have faith, and what we do in life doesn't matter!
but we do have James, especially James 2:24. and we KNOW that it does matter what we do in life. Jesus said alot about "what we do to the least of our brothers" and made it clear that the sheep will be separated from the goats based on their actions.
but notice what Paul does... he takes the focus off of US, and puts it on God. that's the genius of this. i posted that sparkling eye in the pic above because the version i read of the Psalms said "return the sparkle to my eye", which i thought was beautiful. it was something you would say to someone you loved. in this case, God.
however, i also see that the eye above is looking at God for its hope. like the Psalm goes on to say. and like Paul is saying. if our focus is on God, and on His love, and on finding Him in our brother and sister here, and loving them... guess where it isn't. on ourselves. :)
that's the key. taking our eye off of our own holiness and falling into pride... and instead learning to love as we gaze on God, who IS love... and on our neighbor, who needs His love.
God, please help me keep my eye focused on You. and return that sparkle. :)