At my church last Sunday, we had a special speaker who travels to many developing nations and has lived in one of them. He knows what life is like for 2/3 of the people in the world who live on an income of less than $10.00 a day. Speaking from the New Testament book of James, he encouraged us to remember that we are a global family and live in the light of Jesus’s return.
What does that mean? Very simply, this:
- Instead of hoarding our wealth, we share it.
- Instead of grumbling, we are thankful
- Instead of self-protection, we rely on Jesus
As we, directed by the Spirit Jesus has given us, do these things, we will have peace of mind, no matter what is happening around us.
In this world where sin abounds And devil’s work great harm There is a place of perfect peace It’s found in Jesus’ arm There is no pain he has not felt No trouble he’s not known He intercedes effectively Before our Father’s throne So let us work with confidence Give thanks and not complain All may change around us But Jesus stays the same He renews our energy He defeats our foes When we submit our hearts to him The Spirit’s power flows We find that we are patient Slow to anger when stressed And if we suffer loss or pain We do not get depressed We find we are generous Money is not our treasure We release our goods to God And have joy beyond measure In this world where sin abounds And devil’s work great harm There is a place of perfect peace It’s found in Jesus’ arm Jane Ault August 2019