{James 2:14-17; ESV}

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

The proper use of influence is essential if we are going to seize our divine moments. We must always remember that God's greatest moments for us are never for us alone. They are always about our lives touching the lives of others. For too long we have accepted the popular notion of a faith that is just for us. This is nothing more than the spiritualization of a life that is just about me–a life of selfishness. There is a difference between a private faith and a personal faith. Though God meets us as unique individuals, His intention is never an individualistic faith. A life touched by God always ends in touching others.

Erwin McManus, Seizing Your Divine Moment, pp. 104-05

Questions to Consider:

  • In what ways has God touched Your life?
  • Why is it important that we don't make our faith just a private thing?
  • How can you touch the lives of other people with the blessings God has given to you?


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