Daily Proverbial, from James, 18 October 2013

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2, verses 15-17

If you believe in Jesus, do something about it.   Not because you have to.   Not because you’re afraid of what He might think.   Not because you’re afraid of Him because He’s God.  Not because you feel obligated.   Not because someone else tells you.   Because you get to. If you believe in Jesus, do something with it.

Start a blog.  Pay it forward next time you go to Burger King.  Help your neighbor in with the groceries.   Stop talking back.   Call your parents to chat.  Listen to your teenage son.  Pay someone else’s bills.   Help the cranky old man clean out his garage.  Reconcile with your estranged sibling.   Volunteer for the Red Cross.  Serve.  If you believe in Jesus, do something with it.

Don’t sit there on your butt and wait.  Don’t procrastinate.   Don’t equivocate.   Don’t ruminate.  Don’t delay.   If you believe in Jesus, do something with it.

And because you believe in Jesus, your doing something is an opportunity to share Him.   It’s how He rolls.  We do it through listening, kind words, undeserved mercy, unexpected actions, caring.  It’s not just you doing the nice things, but good for you for doing them.   No, it’s Jesus working through you.   It’s Jesus looking through your eyes, reaching out with your touch.   It’s you being Him to someone else, doing what He would do for them.

Not because we have to.   It’s because we get to, because we can.   Because He is.   Without doing something about what we say we believe, our faith is useless.   Dead.   Without doing something about it, what we say we believe about Jesus is hypocrisy, just words; talk without walk.   Don’t go off half-cocked thinking that these good things will get you into heaven because they won’t.  Everything we need to go to heaven was already done by the Jesus we say we believe in.   Instead, let’s let our actions come from our hearts, remembering that we don’t have to carry the burden of doing something to earn our salvation.   Instead, we get to go beyond that, sharing the fact that He’s done the heavy lifting so we don’t have to.   So we get to do things in this life because we get to feel good about how we feel inside.  Because He loves us first.  We get to share Jesus.  Do something with it.

Lord, show me today where You want me to do something with my love for You.  I want to serve You.

 

Where can you serve Jesus in your part of the world today?

Are you willing to do this?

What can you do to help someone else where you are right now?

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