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TODAY'S DEVOTION:    JUNE 04, 2020

DRIVE WISELY!

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom."

James 3:13 (KJV)

Reflection:

Pastor Stephen Davey says "I remember arriving at my first Driver’s Education class and being thrilled to discover the car I would be learning to drive was a Volkswagen Bug. My parents had the same stick shift VW at home, and I knew I was already way down the road, so to speak! I had spent hours driving in our neighborhood, learning to back up and pull in without popping the clutch too quickly and stalling. Frankly, I was ready to go. I slipped into the driver’s seat, my instructor in the seat next to me. I pushed in the clutch, started the engine, put the car in first gear, pressed the gas pedal, eased off the clutch, and away we went. Suddenly the car screeched to a halt. I looked over and discovered that my instructor had a set of brakes on his side of the car—something my wife has wanted for years! He looked at me and said, “Young man, we’re not here to race anybody . . . you’re gonna learn to drive according to my rules.”

Frankly, learning to walk as a Christian is much like learning to drive. We have to do it by His rules.

As you grow in your faith, your understanding and application of the Bible is constantly tested and sharpened. Like driving, the scenery’s always changing. You not only have to keep your eye on the road but on others who are sharing the road with you. Walking with Christ isn’t for cowards!

Maybe that’s why so many people prefer to stay in the garage. We learned to drive; we have our license. We’ve earned the right to get behind the wheel. And that’s good enough . . . we’ll let someone else do all the driving.

James is telling us here that in order to grow up in Christ we have to take what we learn from God’s Word out onto the open road.

Drivers don’t show people they are good drivers by flashing a driver’s license; they show it by driving.

In the same way, Christians don’t show their faith by talking about the date they came to Christ—they show it by doing good works and by doing those works in the gentleness of wisdom.

Wisdom is really the key point, by the way. You can look around and find some really good people who aren’t believers.

Many of them are humanitarians, soldiers, doctors, counselors. Some are better at doing good than Christians are!

But the difference is one day they will all throw their good works at Christ’s feet and say,

“Look what I’ve done! This is why I deserve to be in heaven!” And Christ will stun them by saying, “.. I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”

(Luke 13:27).

The truth is unbelievers are not motivated by the Spirit of God. No matter what they do, they are doing good works so that people will see their good works and glorify them or, perhaps, they will simply feel better about themselves. Christians do good works in humility, knowing that people will look at those works and glorify their Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

And James considers this the life of wisdom.

The more we take our faith out of the garage and onto the highway, the more opportunities we’ll have to say,

“Look what a great Savior I serve!”

So live wisely today, friend.

Let the world see our good works, and then let them hear us return the glory to Whom it belongs . . . it may surprise us how much God will use us when we refuse to accept the credit.

Prayer:

Lord, thank You for teaching me in the school of experience. I realized that l'm always saying l have faith, yet l don't do the work to justify that claim. I don't want to be hypocrite in Your eyes, so please forgive me. Help me that from today l will serve You by seeing the needs of my neighbors, may it be spiritually, physically, or morally, that l may glorify Your Name through my works. I pray to You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

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