Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/6/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 12:30 “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”

Is what you are doing with your life helping or hindering the cause of Christ? In light of Jesus’ statement, we are doing one or the other. This should cause us to stop and look at what we do with our time and lives. While we can get carried away with our self-examination, I do believe we need to be aware of what we are doing in light of Christ’s role in our lives.

Our life purpose should be always to advance the Kingdom of God while we are here on earth. There is no greater purpose for life than this. We do various things with our lives, but we should share a common purpose. Life isn’t about what we may be able to accumulate or accomplish in the world; life is what we can do to work with Christ to reach the world for Him.

Jesus went so far as to say that if we aren’t working with Him, we are working against Him. It is easy to see how that is true for the believer and unbeliever, but we don’t see it as easily when we look at the life of the believer. It’s not unusual to do very little with our faith to advance the Kingdom of God. We want faith and all its benefits, but we don’t want the work that goes with it. If we aren’t working with Him, we are working against Him. Strong words to ponder today.

If you aren’t working out your salvation in the world you are actually opposing Christ. Do you need to make some changes in your life today?

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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