Monday, August 11, 2014

Pastor's Pondering, August 11, 2014

Let George Do It

“Let George Do It,” was a 1940s fad expression, as reported by the website The Phrase Finder.  "I don't know if I can handle the mountain of dishes I'll find when I get home. Let George do it,” for example, was used without any particular George in mind. This amusing expression puts the responsibility on someone else, and never on oneself.  We live in a world where it is easier to shirk responsibility and not challenge yourself to reach your full potential.

One responsibility the Bible makes clear is to build ourselves in our most holy faith. How do we do that? The Bible states we are to pray being led by His Spirit, show mercy to those whose faith is wavering, and keep yourself in God’s love (Jude 1:20-21). Even the disciples needed to be reminded of this when they failed to build their faith. When they were afraid of drowning even though Jesus was on the ship, He asked them where was their faith (Luke 8:25).

This week let’s not wait for George, but let us practice building our faith in God by studying His word, by encouraging one and another, and by allowing the Holy Spirit, through prayer, to increase our faith in God. Let us take responsibility like the Centurion who Jesus admired and said he had great faith (Matthew 8:8-10).  We are to keep ourselves in His love.

Please comment below and share with others how you took responsibility for increasing your faith in God. You can encourage others to do the same.

Jude 1:20-21
Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;
21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal.

Luke 8:25
New International Version (NIV)
25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Matthew 8:8-10
New International Version (NIV)
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

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