How many times have I walked past our refrigerator and thought "I wonder if Gracie will notice if I throw away this picture she drew?" She's quite an artist in her own mind and our frig is the display easle for it all. Not just her artwork adorns our refrigerator, but it is filled with some of my personal favorites of pictures--William and I before children, one of my Mrs. Mississippi International pictures, several of the kids being "sweet", photos of my siblings and their families, etc.
I let my imagination run wild yesterday as I was thinking of cleaning off the displays...if God had a refrigerator, would my picture be on it? Would the things I've said, the people I've helped and the sacrificial deeds I've done decorate it? The many times I've cooked food for a new mother, would that be a pretty picture? The times when I've given a homeless person a couple of dollars at the intersection, would that picture be on God's frig? What about when someone has needed some encouragement. Would that picture be included in His display? I think so. In James 2:14, the Bible talks about the relationship between our deeds and our faith. "What good is it my brothers if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
So if God had a giant refrigerator, would your pieces of artwork (actions/words) be on display for Him to be proud of?