putting religion into practice

Read 1 Timothy 5:3-16.

“… if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” (5:4)

I believe that statement. You should, too. All the more, we must practice this statement as well as believe it. And when we believe and practice it, it revolutionizes our entire perspective of Christian faith.

  • If we’re mowing our widowed mother-in-law’s yard we can be practicing our religion as mightily as we were when we submitted to baptism into Christ.
  • If we’re driving our father around on errands because he can no longer do them for himself then we can be worshiping God as deeply and powerfully as we are when we are sharing in the Lord’s Supper.
  • If we’re slowly, patiently assisting our aged grandparent up the steps into the church building for an assembly then we’re potentially in touch with the sacred as much as we are with anything that goes on once we get inside the church house doors.

Are community worship, the Lord’s Supper and baptism important matters of Christian faith? Most certainly. Are they the most important? By no means. They are some of the many expressions of the most important thing about Christian faith, namely that:

“… whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)

Or, expressed even more concisely:

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Gal. 5:6)

Holy moments are all around. In deed, all moments are holy when we are His. All of life is worship when our life is about worshiping him. For you see, religion is our life.

Holy Father in heaven, help me to see everything I do in this life, particularly that which touches others, for what it can be in reality – worship offered to you. Amen.