Clouds Without Rain

We recently had one of the driest summer months on record in Virginia. The image reminds me of the month, because we had many days that it looked like it would rain, but there was no rain. Clouds without rain are a powerful biblical parable.20150630-Empty-Cloud-Threat

Care and concern for others manifest themselves in both deed and truth. False care, in fact, is a demonstrated posture or face of concern with no deed to back it up. Indeed, false care is actually self-centeredness in disguise—like clouds without rain. Consider these verses:

These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds… [Jude 1:12]

As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep…  [Ezekiel 34:8]

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for us. He demonstrated what he said; he said what he demonstrated. In him we have hope, and that hope is powerful enough to make our example consistent between word and deed, because he is able to purify us from sin. Then we can truly by faith minister to others out of a pure heart. Then we can bring rain and substance to our speech, true fruit to those who need it, and the love of God to those who thirsty to know the living God.

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