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February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

"Faith is Something We Do"

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it.”  James 2: 15 – 16 NIV

Sometimes people mistakenly think that faith is something you believe or some emotion.  They come to church, are moved emotionally and are inspired and stimulated.  The problem is that doesn’t mean they’re walking in faith.

The Bible says that faith is something we do, not just what we feel or believe.  Faith always moves people to action.

Faith shows itself in compassion.  Throughout the Bible we see Jesus responding to people compassionately when He sees them in difficulties.  Jesus shows us that faith is practical; it does something when there is a need.

Here is a problem:  many people are obsessed with themselves.  They think they need to hold on to everything they have or else they’ll lack something.  Therefore, it causes them to be less generous with their time, their energy, their talents and their physical gifts.

Jesus teaches us a different lesson.  He says the more you give away of your life, the more you have.  The reason for that is very simple:  the less you focus on yourself the more you will come to realize how blessed you are.  This is extremely countercultural but it leads to a much fuller life.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don