Faith and Works

Faith Without Works

Kim Discipleship, Faith 8 Comments

“For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered to but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Faith without Works

We live in a “me first” society. If we can drive our cars, eat fast food and shop for things we don’t really need, our life is satisfying. Rather than playing with our children we give them a computer game or a television to entertain them.  We house our elderly rather than loving them with dignity. Our poorest citizens go hungry in the neighborhood next door while we eat out every night.

Most of us don’t know our neighbors nor would we consider bringing them dinner when they are sick or helping watch their child for a couple hours.  We have so little time for others in the “busyness” of our self-satisfaction. When asked, many would call ourselves Christians. 

Having faith without works

Brothers and sisters, I am not referring to unbelievers. I am calling out self-absorbed Christians (including myself) who have forgotten one of the most fundamental of Jesus’ teachings to serve others first before thinking of ourselves. We do not need to be bible experts; we only require a willing spirit and an open heart.

St. Francis of Assisi is credited to have said, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” It is with this spirit that Jesus ministered with actions over words and how he wants us to spread the gospel. The old saying, “actions speak louder than words,” should be foremost in our minds as we walk out our faith.

Father, thank you for giving us your Son to be our example. Strengthen us as we get off the couch and step boldly into the lives of our neighbors and preach the gospel with our hands and feet. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!

 

Are you a fruitful Christian? If Jesus asked you this questions tomorrow, what would your answer be?

 

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Blessings!

John Rackliffe
John Rackliffe

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  1. Finley

    YES this is so good. its definitely a constant struggle and often when you help others it makes your problems seem less dramatic! People should be drawn to Christians because of their kindness and sincere help to others, not necessarily because they are Christians. love this post – thank you!
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  2. Ceil

    Hi John and Kim! I remember one time I did make a dinner for a neighbor who had surgery. She had two little boys, and I thought that would be a way to help. I made such a simple meal. And it was so appreciated.
    I wonder if sometimes we think our works have to be spectacularly special, or a ‘one of a kind’. Really, just simple love and care is a wonderful gift too. That’s the works the Lord expects, don’t you think?
    Happy Monday!
    Ceil
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      Kim

      Ceil, I think you are right. Maybe we do think they need to be big. But usually it’s the things that are simple, and maybe the ones we barely notice we did that get the most impact from someone. A kind word, a visit, a helping hand and standing up for someone. Thank you for visiting, friend. Hope you are well.

    2. John

      Completely agree Ceil! Thinking too big gives us a sense that the problems we face are so overwhelming that what little we can do makes no difference. Jesus said, if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can move mountains and the Prophet Isaiah said, not by (my) power or by might but by the Holy Spirit will things happen in the Kingdom.
      Blessings!
      John

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