Midweek Wake-Up, July 6, 2017
On Sunday we wrapped up our series on James. Throughout the book, James brings a number of encouragements, challenges, rebukes, and exhortations to the Body of Christ to whom he writes.
The closing comments in the book relate to making sure that we are oriented to Jesus regardless of our situation; whether we are experiencing suffering or whether we are in a time of cheer. Each day, are we eating or drinking or in whatever we are doing, are we doing it to the glory of God? Are our sights set on Christ in each and every circumstance of our lives? The grace of Jesus Christ beckons us to be enraptured with Him and His glory.
His grace is also the enabling power of God in our lives to be the community which we see described in the New Testament. As we taste of His wondrous favour toward us undeserving souls, we will be a church marked by the grace we have been touched by.
This is my prayer for us, NSC, that the testimony of our community is that we would be marked as those oriented to Christ in all things, and would demonstrate the grace of God in our fellowship with one another.
The testimony of our unity is powerful. Jesus prayed for us that we would be perfected in unity so that the lost and dying world around us would know that He was sent into the world to demonstrate to glorious love and grace of the Father.