WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Luke 10:2-3 (NIV)
FAITH THAT SAVES INSPIRES ACTION
When Dave Thomas died in early 2002, he left behind more than just thousands of Wendy’s restaurants. He also left a legacy of being a practical, hard-working man who was respected for his down-to-earth values. Among the pieces of good advice that have outlived the smiling entrepreneur is his view of what Christians should be doing with their lives. Thomas, who as a youngster was influenced for Christ by his grandmother, said that believers should be “roll-up-your-shirt sleeves” Christians.
In his book Well Done, Thomas said, “Roll-up-your-shirt sleeves” Christians see Christianity as faith and action. They still make the time to talk with God through prayer, study Scripture with devotion, be super-active in their church and take their ministry to others to spread the Good Word.” He went onto say they are “anonymous people who are doing good for Christ maybe doing even more good than all the well-known Christians in the world.”
In Luke 10 Jesus told the disciples to pray for Christians who were willing to put their faith into action by telling others about Jesus. The Apostle Paul makes it clear in Ephesians 2:8-10 when he writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We are clearly saved by grace and not works. Yet we are saved to do good works that God planned long ago for us to do. Part of our salvation process is learning and doing the things God has given us to do by His grace. Do you see your work as part of God’s calling to be a “roll-up-your-shirt sleeves” Christian? Ask God to give you His perspective on your work.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16, NKJV)