On Stewardship and theOn Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 114: Being Lazy (10/02/16)

“Be doers of the word, and not hears only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1: 22 RSV)

God has given us free will and opened a pathway to salvation. It is because of our laziness that we fall off that path. Each and every day we are called to do our part, to be like Christ, yet we miss the mark. We hear what we are called to do but do we do it? Is it easier for us to fall in line with the secular world rather than follow that straight and narrow path that Christ has set for us?

Do we forgive those that cause us problems, do we love those who hate us, do we extend charity to others in the form of time, talents and treasure, and are we peacemakers? 

If Christianity has a bad reputation in the world, perhaps it is because of us!  We use foul language, become angry, take the Lord’s name in vain and engage in other disdainful acts.  If we as Christians are one spirit with Christ, how do our actions then look to the world? Every action we take as Christians is important because we are seen by the world as representing Christ.

Be doers of the word of Christ and not just listeners. Do as God has asked us to do and provide to others from the talents and skills He has given you. Let the light of Christ shine through you to the world!

 This weekly series of brief thoughts on stewardship and Orthodox life is brought to you by your Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

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