Practicing Our Faith
Introduction: There are moments when golf is one of the most
exhilarating games on earth. Two minutes later golf can be the most
frustrating game on earth. Golf is a sport where many times a player
knows what to do but just can’t do it. A golfer sometimes has difficulty
putting into practice what he or she knows to do. The Christian life at
times is like golf. We often know what to do but sometimes we just fail
to do it. I believe the struggle is part of the mystery of the divine and
human coming together. The book of James helps and encourages us to
put our faith into practice. In this passage James reminds us of two
incredibly important things:
I. PRACTICING THE FAITH IS NOT FOR HEROES.
A. In other words, faithfulness is available to all of us.
B. James encourages us not just to think the faith, but to practice
II. PRACTICING OUR FAITH GOES BEYOND SUNDAY.
A. Actually Sunday was intended to serve and support our everyday
B. All of this puts tremendous importance on our daily lives and
blesses the lives we often take for granted.
Conclusion: You know the thing about golf is you keep at it, and the
same is true in practicing our faith. This is not a cry just to try harder,
instead it is a claim to live as Christ-followers. The sustaining power is
from God alone who is the giver of all good gifts. Whatever we do,
know that we are not only lending people a vision of the value of
everyday life, but we also are giving them a clear rationale for
following Christ. Remember we are called and sent in our everyday lives
with God's presence and any good we accomplish is the extraordinary
touch of God working through us in the world. Amen.