The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional for 4th January 2023

Today's Topic: "Setting the Tone" by Irene Robinson (Gauteng, South Africa)

The Upper Room Devotional for 4th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 4th January 2023

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Topic: Setting the Tone
Irene Robinson (Gauteng, South Africa)

TODAY’S READING
James 2:14-26

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How can I show someone I meet today what a genuine Christian life looks like?

The Upper Room Devotional for 4th January 2023

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? – James 2:14 (CEB)

During my teen years, I was looking for meaning in life. I had recently moved from a small town to a big city, and I didn’t know many people. I started attending a church where I met a woman almost 50 years my senior. She invited me to dinner and showed me how to become a believer in Jesus Christ. For the next three years, she and her husband made me a part of their family. I enjoyed many meals and activities with them, cared for their house when they went on holiday, and took trips with them. During that time I was also part of a weekly Bible study group for young adults.

Those first three years of my Christian life set the tone for how I would live out my Christian faith. Eventually I had to leave that church to attend school in another town. I asked my dear friend, “How can I ever thank you for all you have done for me?” She answered, “Do it for someone else.” And that’s what I have sought to do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, help us not only to tell others about our faith but also to show them what it looks like. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

Someone new to my town

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