Rise Up!

A story is told of two women who were in desperate need of prayer while sick in the hospital. One said that her pastor never showed up, but he let her know he was praying for her; while the other said her pastor came, anointed her with oil, said a quick prayer and was gone in less than five minutes. She wondered why he had bothered coming in the first place if he was in such a hurry to leave.

This sad story got me thinking about how, as Christians, we’re often satisfied with fulfilling our Christian duty, even though we may not necessarily do it from the heart. And people are watching us. They can tell whether we’re genuine or not. Most importantly, God is watching and He isn’t going to applaud our lousy service, even if we did it in His Name.

It’s time to rise up. We need to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22). Don’t tell people you hope everything will be okay, if you’re capable of doing something to truly make things better for them. Stop asking people if there’s anything you can do to help, when their circumstances are clearly spelled out for you. We need to stop making excuses and make ourselves of more use. 

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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