Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (NIV)
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
These two verses seem to define what drives me as a Believer. My identity is in Christ; my purpose in life is to know, worship, and ultimately glorify Him; my drive comes from these two pieces of scripture. Oh, that I would be found faithful to be pure of the world, to do what is right, to seek justice, and to live my life serving orphans and widows all for God’s glory.
Today on Veteran’s Day I am reminded of purpose and drive. I am so thankful for faithful men and women who have given years of their lives to serving our country. I pray for Veterans today, that they would be honored appropriately and that they would know the Lord.
As I think about doing what is right, seeking justice, and keeping self from being polluted from the world I recall the turmoil our world is in at present. I pray for self-control that I may be separate from divisive arguments and quarrels that abound online and in person. I pray for a spirit that is quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. I pray now for our church, that we would be found faithful to live with great purpose, purpose that is greater than our preferences, desires, or influence.
I pray for families. I am hopeful that all of our Woodmont families would be diligent to seek opportunities to serve others (be it orphans, widows, or your next-door neighbor) during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Our children, youth, and adults all need character development that causes our character to look like Jesus. Look around because there are many influences that might convince you that there are plenty of good “characters” out there. . . but may we be found to have character shaped by following Jesus.
Don’t miss the ways Woodmont is tangibly helping the community this season: Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (it’s not too late to bring or pack a box, grace period through Sunday), Salvation Army angel giving, Thanksgiving basket gifts, and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!