Engage in Helping
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18
There are a lot of “believers” out there. Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly as many doers. While the world needs more true believers, the world is changed by consistent doers. The world tends to develop a large group of “believers,” who constantly rant about they think and how they’re right, who hop on social media telling everyone what they believe but never do much about anything. It’s actually kind of sad. We “believe” enough to argue but not enough to act.
The Apostle James likely faced a similar problem as he wrote to Christians in the first century. Some of them argued that as long as they were “true believers,” they didn’t need to do anything. James’ advice to them was pure gold, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds” (James 2:18). While it’s important to talk about our faith in God, it is equally important to do something with our faith. Our actions bring healing.
In Luke 10, the priest and the Levite may have prayed for the dying man, but it was the Samaritan who actually did something. Empty prayers and inactive concern fall flat for a dying man. Your belief doesn’t bandage a bleeding wound, your actions do. We must put feet to our prayers and action to our belief. That’s what Jesus would have us do!