Faith Requires Action!
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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?”
Faith is far more than just a feeling. There are many times when people confuse emotions and feelings with faith. They come to church and they’re moved emotionally, they’re inspired, but that doesn’t mean they’re walking in faith.
The Bible assures us that faith is something we do, not just what we feel. Faith is more than mere sentimentality. Let’s read again the passage from James 2. I believe that it is saying that if I go out on the street and see someone who is homeless and destitute. I see that this person is hungry, cold, in need of clothing and shelter. Would I be showing great faith if I walked up and said, “I wish you well; keep warm and well fed.” Don’t worry, be happy! Feel good! Put on a happy face?” It doesn’t take much faith to do that.
Faith carries compassion. Faith asks, “What can I do to help you in your time of need? And then begins to put action to the answer.” Throughout the New Testament, the witnesses say Jesus was moved with compassion for people. Jesus modeled for us that faith is practical. When we see a need, we do something about it. We don’t just toss out a quick – “Well, I’ll pray for you.” The Scripture tell us that we show our faith by what we do.
I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend.