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James 2:14-16 ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? “

All of us have been guilty of this.  We encounter someone with a urgent physical need…we can’t help but see it and understand the gravity.  But what do we do?  We walk away, but not before sanctimoniously announcing, “I’ll pray for you.”  I can almost see Jesus shaking His head in disappointment.  We have blown a chance to show His love through our good deeds.  For our faith manifests itself in these good works…demonstrating to the person we’re helping in very tangible ways that God loves them.  We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus…and by our actions His caring is shown to others.

II Timothy 4:1-2 ” In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His Kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

Show of hands please…how many of you are over and done with COVID 19 and just want it to go back to normal?  As the weeks drag on, my indifference has increased with each boring day…my lack of concern or interest in things leading only to more apathy.  So when I read these Scriptures today, I said to myself, “This must be what it feels like to be ‘out of season’.”  I don’t feel like sharing the Gospel Message with others, or reaching out with encouragement…but that’s not what I’m being told to do here.  For my feelings have nothing to do with it, and I need to be ready, willing, and able to share the love of Jesus whether I feel like it or not.  That’s what being prepared in season or out of season means.  It all boils down to this…we are to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12)… which means struggling daily with our thoughts and feelings in order to be a tool for God to use.