There are three ‘J’s’ in the Bible whom I love and have a great affinity for. Obviously number one, and above all, is Jesus Himself, followed by Joshua and James. I’m always greatly inspired by them, because they were men of action who did not sit about twiddling their thumbs, but got on with the business!
Many will know that Nike is the biggest sportswear firm in the world. You may also know that Nike’s most famous trademark is the words: “Just Do It”. And I believe, in a ‘nutshell’, that is exactly what Jesus, Joshua and James are saying to Believers, in terms of what their response should be to Scripture: stop doubting; stop dilly dallying, put the Word into practice, just do what it says!
Stop doubting; stop dilly dallying, put the Word into practice, just do what it says! Derek Morrison, Inverness East Mission
Today, we see so many in our communities living in a state of hopelessness. But how will these needy people ever hear the ‘Good News’, when so many Christians are living lives of seclusion within their ‘comfort zones’, and are mere spectators of the Gospel?
If we really want to see what Jesus is doing in the neighbourhood, we must join Him out there, and enter into the stories of the people. It is raggedness and getting our hands dirty that are symbolic of authentic Christianity, not slothfulness and inactivity.
If we really want to see what Jesus is doing in the neighbourhood, we must join Him out there. Derek Morrison, Inverness East Mission
George Bernard Shaw once said: “I’m sick of all the reasonable people; they see all the reasons for doing nothing”.
And something else for us to remember here: think about the calling of the first disciples by Jesus, and their subsequent appointment as Apostles. We see from these events that there was no evidence whatsoever, of any procrastination or delay in the disciples’ obedience to Jesus’ call upon their lives, to follow and serve Him. Their faith on each occasion was accompanied by instantaneous and defining action. They just did it, no questions asked!
The Apostle John, in his Gospel, Chapter 5 verse 17, records these words of Jesus: “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working”. It is characteristic of the Gospel that our Saviour was a worker. We know how tirelessly our Lord laboured, all the way to the Cross. If we seek to follow Him, and be an example of His sacrificial service, how can we read or listen to the Word of God and just leave it there, redundant and bereft of its’ power?
In John Chapter 9 verse 4, Jesus also states: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no-one can work”. So let’s roll up our sleeves while we still have breath, and get to work expecting great things from God. Let’s “JUST DO IT”!
Derek Morrison, Parish Evangelist
Inverness East Mission Project
About Inverness East Mission
Inverness East Mission are using Go For It funding to establish a Christian community in a large Council housing estate, through Sunday Services, a weekly Youth Club and monthly Senior Citizens’ Lunches. They recently opened a newly renovated Drop-In: “The Shack” (pictured below and above), which also has its’ own Facebook page.