Faith In Action
If the faith that we have received is all about what God can do for us, is it the same faith that Jesus taught? Some today want us to believe that serving God is like putting money in the bank; you make your regular deposits (into their ministry of course) and God sends you regular blessings. That isn’t faith that’s making a deal.
The faith Jesus taught was the kind that sent people out to serve others. Jesus himself was the example we are to look to. He said, “I didn’t come to be served I came to serve.”
The kind of faith which leads one to repentance and to being born again is the kind of faith that demands action. It drives us to good works so that we don’t just send a brother on his way telling him to be warm but we provide a bed and a blanket to make sure he is warm.
It might be time to ask ourselves, “When was the last time I went out of my way to help someone else and sacrificed to see that they were comforted?”It is easy to say, “Be warmed, be fed and be blessed,” but more than words are required to demonstrate the faith Jesus taught and the early believers practiced. Think about it.
Prayer: Lord, I am guilty of thinking of faith only in terms of what do I get from it. Grant me the grace of being able to see the needs of others and as a gesture of my faith offer gifts that answer their need. In Christ’s name I ask. Amen.
Message: The kind of faith which leads one to repentance and to being born again is the kind of faith that demands action. It drives us to good works so that we don’t just send a brother on his way telling him to be warm but we provide a bed and a blanket to make sure he is warm.
Affirmation: My faith demands action. I show my faith by serving others in the name of Christ.
Reflection: How does proving your salvation by serving others compare to being saved my grace without having to do any works? Which of those is correct; or are they both correct, but one talks about becoming saved and the other addresses how to act when you are saved.
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