Living Our Faith

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice -- the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him." Romans 12:1

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Living Faith

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The Scripture reading for this Sunday is Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 (but reading Isaiah 1:1-20 is a good idea for the context).

We will also celebrate the Lord's Supper together.

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James Limburg tells this story:

I recall as a boy going pheasant hunting with my father and some of his friends. It was a crisp fall afternoon. The hunting for the day was finished. We sat eating lunch, and the men told stories. I remember that someone asked a question: "I need a new combine. Where is the best place to buy it?"

'Buy it from [John],' someone said, "He is a member of our church."

Then a crusty old farmer took a cigarette out of his mouth and commented, "Don't buy from him. Yes, he goes to church every Sunday, he even goes twice! But don't go to his implement shop on Monday morning. He'll take you for all you've got!"

This story illustrates the point that Isaiah makes in Isaiah 1 -- that is that living faith (true faith) extends beyond the sanctuary. Faith is something we live out every day. It speaks into how we do our business, how we raise our kids, how we celebrate, how we do the ordinary things of our everyday lives, and how we worship God on Sunday. Faith cannot be compartmentalized. 

That isn't only something that the ancient Israelites struggled with, though. It's one we also struggle with. We struggle to recognize that in all things, and in all places, and on all days, that Jesus Christ is Lord. (As Abraham Kuyper was famous for saying, "There is not a square inch in the domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!")

And so we too need to hear the good news of Isaiah 1:18-20 -- that God will wash us clean of our sin, and that He has done so through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. We will hear, and taste, and see that Good News as we listen to God's Word and celebrate the Lord's Supper together.

"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." (v. 18)

Thanks be to God!

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