Why So Few?

     I continually wonder why so few of our neighbors are interested in spiritual things.

     During last night’s church meeting, we sang, “Oh how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way leaning on the everlasting arms!” When you begin that line, you might think the writer got something wrong. “This pilgrim way” is not so sweet. It is full of trials, troubles, heartache, and pitfalls. But when you finish the sentence you get the point. Life is worth living when one is leaning on the everlasting arms.

     “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” That’s one way of saying, “God cares and provides for us as we walk through this world.” God has promised to be with us and help us (Hebrews 13:5-6). Among Jesus’ final words to his apostles were, “And I will be with you always” (Matthew 28:20). He had previously indicated that he would be in all those who believed through the apostles’ teachings (John 17:20-23). John laid claim to this promise for us when he spoke of our fellowship with the Father and the Son (1 John 1:3,6).

     But so many people do not see the value in having this fellowship. This is likely due to the fact that they do not see the choice of physical vs. spiritual in their lives. This is the subject of the section of James we will be discussing Sunday night, May 2, in our ongoing series about the Book of James. How do we acknowledge and live by the spiritual while we find ourselves so solidly linked to a physical life? James gives some very practical advice in this regard.

     Come and listen to the Lord speak to your heart. May 2, 6 p.m., Church of Christ, 3483 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood California. (If you can’t make it this Sunday, the practical advice from James will be continuing every Sunday night over the next couple of months.)

 

Gary Greene

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