We live in a world that celebrates the lack of certain things almost more than the presence of certain things. We look to live in places that are crime-free, with no taxes that afford no delays as we commute short distances. We scour store shelves and display cases for zero calorie, low-fat drinks and foods that provide little nutritional benefit so that we can weigh less. We want shorter work weeks with less stress and fewer responsibilities so that we can spend more time doing nothing. It's almost like we're living in the negative of a photograph rather than the actual print. But we have much to do, to be and fill our lives with daily because we have a living God who has fashioned each of us for positive purposes and to make a difference. If we are to celebrate the absence of something, let it be the absence of thoughts and actions that may break our relationship with the Lord. We have work to do!
James 2:25-26 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.