Jay's eDevotionals  

Oct 8

Translate your Faith into FAITHFULNESS!

“It is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2) 

In the last few days Borum Bishop, Jack McGaughy, and Rena Underwood transitioned from earth to heaven. They were faith-filled friends who faithfully served the Lord.

Borum Bishop’s family brought him to First Baptist in 1922.  So, he was a loving and loyal servant in God’s FBC family for over 90 years!  Jack and Kathleen McGaughy moved to Montgomery in 1970 because Boyd Christenberry invited Jack to work for ALFA. They joined First Baptist 44 years ago and Jack faithfully served with his trademark smile. Rena Underwood and her family moved to Montgomery from Greenville, Alabama, and they joined our precious fellowship in 1945. The same sanctuary that hosted Rena’s marriage in 1948 hosted “her life celebration service” 66 years later. Through Borum, Jack and Rena, we witness decades of true faithfulness in following Christ. 

Who will fill their empty shoes?  

Borum, Jack, and Rena translated their love for the Lord into serving the body of Christ. From the food closet of the Caring Center to ushering…they served. From teaching in Sunday School to singing in the choir. . .  they served. From the nursery to the nursing homes. . . they served. Who will fill the gaps created by their absence? 

Mary Ruth and I have attempted to teach our children that they are stewards of the gifts God entrusts to them. One day, we will give an accounting to the Lord for how we used our gifts. In Matthew 25, Jesus provides a parable about a landowner who entrusted his resources to three servants and departed for a season. Two of the servants worked hard and multiplied the loaned-resources in obedience to their master’s command to be faithful managers. One lazy guy squandered his opportunities and produced nothing of value. As promised, the master returned and there was an accounting. The two humble and wise workers heard, “Well done, my faithful servants, enter into the joy of your Master!” This pictures our meeting Christ when we die and hearing His affirmation to enjoy His fellowship forever. Sadly, another option exists. The arrogant and disobedient servant received the Lord’s rebuke. He was cast out for his lack of faithfulness and fruitfulness. 

Let’s receive instruction and inspiration from Borum, Jack, Rena and Jesus. Step forward and serve. Translate your faith into faithfulness. Use your earthly resources to make an eternal difference. And one day, you will hear the Master say: “Well done!”

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