Instead of being a 'trend setter' I tend to be a 'trend forgetter'.
1 Kings 8.22-34
Reference: v.24 "You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it – as it is today." (NIV Bible)
Explore: I have never really been one to keep up with trends. When it comes to fashion I am way behind the eight ball! Instead of being a 'trend setter' I tend to be a 'trend forgetter'. I am always the one wearing the fashionable clothes just as that trend is phasing out! When it comes to music, my sister always picks up on new bands before they hit the big time, whereas I often struggle to recognise any song that was written after the late eighties! Current culture clearly isn't my forte!
As I look at the church over the last few decades I can see trends occurring within this field too. We've been through a strong evangelistic trend where the gospel is shared through words. But as the whole world has turned to 'Make Poverty History' so too has the church focussed on sharing the gospel by actions.
Application: I am, by my upbringing, more of an action person – hard to believe maybe by all the words on this page! But I tend to let my actions speak for me. And yet when I look at Solomon's prayer to God he explains that God keeps his promises by word and action: 'with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it.' While the church also follows culture and goes through trends, it is important to realise that the fulfillment of our faith is both words and actions. Just as God keeps his promises this way, so we too can proclaim God's message this way. Our reliance should not be on just action or just word. It's when our proclamation comes together with social justice that we are really setting a trend for God.
Prayer: Lord, you are above all and beyond all trends. May we be brave enough to speak into and act upon our current situation with your grace, mercy and love. Amen.
What comes more naturally to you, words or actions? How can you help enhance the other element within your expression of your faith?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.