The Cross and Cup Podcast

Living Out Our Faith: Turning Daily Decisions into Acts of Worship and Kindness

November 06, 2023 JM Season 1 Episode 3
The Cross and Cup Podcast
Living Out Our Faith: Turning Daily Decisions into Acts of Worship and Kindness
Show Notes Transcript

What if every interaction we have, every choice we make, could be an opportunity to live out our faith deeply? How can we transform our daily tasks into acts of worship and kindness? This episode of the Cross and Cup podcast journeys into the heart of actionable Christianity, exploring the profound reminder in James 2,1,17 that "faith without works is dead". We dissect the parable of the Good Samaritan and discuss how we can follow its teachings to lend a helping hand, even in unexpected situations. 

The conversation extends to the workplace, where we discuss the role faith plays in making ethical decisions using Colossians 3:23 as our guide. We talk about the transformative power of service and volunteer work, sharing personal stories to illustrate the change that can happen within us. We dive into how to foster a support network and offer resources for your continued spiritual growth. Remember, living faith is about making the choice to be giving, honest, and kind, even when it's hard. So, join us, and let's take one concrete step towards living our faith every day.

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on your return to the Cross and Cup podcast. This is JM, your host, and we have a very unique episode for you today called Living Faith Actionable Christianity. Every Day Together, we will embark on an exploration of how we may integrate our faith into the daily grind of our lives, extending beyond Sunday services. So get a cup of something warm and cozy and settle in wherever you are. As we talk about how to live out our faith in every encounter, choice and difficulty we encounter, let's get right into the Bible. Similar to this, james 2,1,17 states that faith without works is dead. This stirring quote serves as a compelling reminder that faith is action rather than just belief. Biblical illustrations consider the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is found in Luke 10, 25 to Bible Cod, so 37. It's a story about doing the right thing even when it's simpler not to, not just about being a nice neighbor. In our interactions, let's act like contemporary Samaritans, lending a helping hand when it's least expected. Real world applications we can be conduits of God's love in small, everyday ways, such as lending a sympathetic ear or a helping hand. When was the last time you witnessed someone's tiny act of kindness having a significant impact on your day? Imagine now that you are that person for someone else. While it may seem like a place where religion is not allowed, colossians 323 exhorts us to work at whatever you do with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Upholding values is about being morally upright and making choices that are consistent with our faith in a God who honors decency, perfection and consideration for others. Making ethical decisions involves asking yourself does this align with my faith? When presented with difficult decisions, when the temptation to cut corners arises, resist the urge and follow your moral compass. Positive contributions to the environment, a warm welcome, a willingness to help a suffering coworker, a civil argument these are some of the ways we bring Christ's teachings into our workplace. We are asked to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities as our faith deepens. According to Matthew 516, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. The function of service. Serving others is only one aspect of community service. It's a two-way street that also challenges and deepens our own faith Ideas for serving others. Every act of service, whether it be setting up a community cleanup or working at a soup kitchen, sows the seeds of hope and shows God's love for those in our community. Influential tales. I'll relate a personal story about a moment when my volunteer work not only significantly improved the lives of the people I assisted, but it also changed something inside of me, as Paul instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5, 16, 18.

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Rejoice always pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ.

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Jesus. Establish a regular prayer regimen by setting aside time each day to pray. It could happen before meals, in line or during your commute. These times of communion with God are essential to our spiritual survival.

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Faith building through introspection. Spend some time writing in a journal reflecting on the Bible or simply sitting quietly, we process life's experiences and listen for God's voice. Through reflection, managing life and prayer. When you approach your everyday duties with God in mind, they can turn into acts of worship.

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Embracing live faith is about transforming the ordinary into the sacred being in a secular world implies that we have to constantly go against the flow. To take your stand against the devil's schemes, but on the full armor of God, is what Ephesians 6, 11 exhorts us to do identifying pressures, be aware of the various ways in which society might sway us from our moral principles and develop defense mechanisms to fend them off. Creating a network of support and camaraderie is essential. Embrace a group that holds you accountable and encourages you. Resources for continuous growth. Never stop learning. Books, bible studies and podcasts like this one can nourish your spiritual path. As we come to the end of this episode, keep in mind that choosing to live a faith-filled life is something you do every day. It's making the decision to be giving when you'd rather hold tight, to be honest when lying seems easier and to be kind when you'd rather be indifferent. I'm throwing down the gauntlet to you and me. This week, take one concrete action toward living out your religion. We are now coming to the end of our time together. Today, message has equipped and encouraged you to live out your faith every day. Tell us about your experiences using this in your own life. I'd love to hear them. Till the next time, never give up and never stop acting on your faith. Jm, here saying goodbye to the Cross and Cup podcast.