Fortune Cookies From Heaven

James 2:14-16 “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?”


Today, we had Chinese food. It was my favorite. Hunan shrimp medium-hot. When I got to my fortune cookie it read, “A person of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.”  I thought that was kind of cute, especially since I’d just read the above scripture that morning.

Words are important. It’s the way we communicate with each other that creates our relationships. Without communication, we have no personality.

So many times, the scripture speaks of the power of our words and the effects they have on others.  But at the same time, repeatedly, the scripture makes reference to the deeds or works we perform that accompanies those words.

It almost becomes two wheels on an axle. Without one, nothing’s really is going to happen except to spin in a circle. But with two wheels working on both sides of our axle, we move along in a very productive fashion.

Both, ultimately, are equally important to our Christian experience. If we are to move along our journey with the speed, rate, and effectiveness that we want for ourselves and our Christian walk, we need both words and works.

No one would think of riding their bicycle with only one wheel, nor would we consider running a race with only one shoe.
Don’t overemphasize either one of these wheels or shoes with more value on one than the other. They work together.

Today, speak in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. Live your life to fullest in word and  in deed. You will be blessed.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti


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