Keep Both Oars In The Water

Keep Both Oars in the Water

Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. —James 2:17-18

The story is told of an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day, a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word “Works” and on the other oar the word “Faith.” Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, “I will show you.” Dropping one oar, he began rowing only with the oar named “Works.” Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up “Faith” and dropping “Works.” The little rowboat went around in circles again—this time in the opposite direction. After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars, “Faith” and “Works,” and rowing with the two oars together, swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, “You see, that is the way it is in life, as well as in rowing a boat. You‘ve got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you’ll just go in circles.”

My challenge today is to check your life. Are both of your “oars” in the water? If you find yourself going in circles, be sure to employ both faith and works together. (DJS)


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