29th February 2020

First Things First

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
James 4:17 (NKJV)

I suppose for me, it’s the winter light which gets to me. I can find the low levels a trial. But have you noticed it’s a bit that way with our Christian lives? Certain days are full of sunny uplands and we sail through them with nary a Christian twinge of conscience or doubt. Faith runs high and we skimper along in a close walk with our God. Then another day, Christianity is somehow defused, almost like a fog shrouding our Christian light. Those days can be difficult.

The command is to let our light shine, but if our light is dim or fitful that can be a task too far. And what do we do then? The best advice I can give is that given by a seasoned writer to a new, aspiring journalist—me! “When inspiration runs out then let perspiration rip.” In other words, just get on with it! That’s the professional way, and let’s face it we’re all professional Christians.

Unfortunately, we are not naturally inclined to the Christian way. We often twist and turn to avoid doing what we know we should do. Mr. Johnson’s winning election motto was: “Let’s get Brexit done!” Maybe our adaptation should be, “Let’s get prayer/study/whatever done first, to set the day off on to a good start.” Then again, there’s the tendency to “get it done as quickly and painlessly as possible.” My next book to read is the Geneva translation of the Bible of 1577. Not to read quickly but to savour how familiar texts are worded differently. I want to dig into the 16th-century thinking and understanding of Biblical principles. Did they understand then what we understand now? And if not how did that colour how they lived their Christian lives?

Theologians of today tell us that we have never had as much clear understanding of Biblical texts. But that also means we have greater responsibility to act on what we know. Which brings us back to where we started: to get done first, the priorities.

Prayer
Gracious Father, we always want to put Christian principles first, but often we don’t. We need daily help, Father. This we ask in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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