A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
The aftermath of tropical Storm Harvey is yet to be determined, as heavy rain continues to fall and much of the state is battling flood waters. Port Arthur’s mayor declared on Wednesday that, “Our whole city is under water right now.” As rescue and recovery efforts are underway one thing is certain. The devastating conditions are an opportunity for Christ’s Church to be what it is suppose to be.
The New Testament letter of James, reminds us that although we are saved by grace alone, a saving faith must manifests itself through good works. James 2:15-17 makes this quite clear when it says, “Suppose a brother of sister is without clothes and daily food. If one you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” At a time when many celebrities and thousands of volunteers are stepping forward to help, it is imperative that the followers of Christ lead the way.
So what can you do, especially if you are thousands of miles from Houston? Pray for the Bible believing churches and believers in the Houston area to be strong in the faith and to be a powerful witness to those who have lost their homes and loved ones. Pray for Christian organizations, like Samaritan’s Purse, and others organizations that are ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of those affected by the hurricane. And, if you are able, give of your time or finances to help the relief effort in the name of Christ. In times such as this, the world is watching to see what the followers of Christ will do. Only when our faith is accommodated by good works, in the name of Jesus Christ, will those around us see the Church being the Church, for the glory of God.