My brothers and sisters, what good does it do if someone claims to have faith but doesn’t do any good things? Can this kind of faith save him? Suppose a believer, whether a man or a woman, needs clothes or food and one of you tells that person, “God be with you! Stay warm, and make sure you eat enough.” If you don’t provide for that person’s physical needs, what good does it do? In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn’t cause you to do any good things. James 2:14-17 GW
Believing in God is an awesome start, but belief alone isn’t enough. Let’s take a look at Jesus, since He’s to be our example of what a believer should look like. It was said of Him that He went around doing good and healing all. He was a doer. He recognized that faith requires action.
James 1:22 says it like this; Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.
Start where you are. Gain the mindset that you serve a God who can not just replace what you sow, but multiply it beyond your wildest dreams. Now look for ways to give out of what you have. Anything. Clothing, food, money, a ride, a job, a glass of water, a hug, a word of encouragement. God isn’t stingy, He’s generous. If you want to be like your Father, learn to be generous and watch what happens next.
Everybody wants a miracle, but nobody wants to be that to someone else. Stop looking at raising the dead until you train yourself to see the person in need next to you at the bus stop. Put action to your faith!
Father, you have sufficiently rattled my cage this morning. You woke me early to show me a very simple element of a true believer; being others focused in a tangible way. You said that in all my getting, get understanding. Understand that You’re a giver, and be like You. Give me ways today to demonstrate that today. It’s in the name of Jesus, the Son You gave, Amen.