Found in The Daily Devotional, this is SOOOOO good and bears repeating:
In a letter to George Whitefield, one of the leaders of the Great Awakening, Benjamin Franklin wrote:
“I can only show my gratitude for those mercies from God, by a readiness to help his other children and my brethren. For I do not think that thanks and compliments, though repeated weekly, can discharge our real obligati…ons to each other, and much less to our Creator. You will see in this my notion of good works, that I am far from expecting to merit heaven by them…I can do nothing to deserve such rewards…But I do wish it (faith) were more productive of good works than I have generally seen it; I mean real good works; works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit; not holiday-keeping, sermon-reading or hearing; performing church ceremonies or making long prayers fillled with flatteries and compliments…The worship of God is a duty; the hearing and reading of sermons may be useful; but if men (and women!!) rest in hearing and praying, as too many do, it is as if a tree should value itself for being watered and putting forth leaves, though it never produce any fruit.”
Powerful stuff, Mr. Franklin! Brings to mind the fruitless fig tree that Jesus withered with a curse for it’s fruitlessness. Yikes!!
So…when Jesus comes back will He find faith on the earth? (Lk 18:8) In me? In you? Real faith??
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26
This warning issued for the sake of those who would be called by His name. May you be encouraged and inspired!