James, the brother of Jesus, said that faith without action is a dead faith that cannot save. It is like telling a brother or sister in need, “Have a blessed day! Be filled with food and be properly clothed.” What good are those words without doing anything to help? Let’s look at what faith together with action can accomplish. Follow me.
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?– James 2:15-16 NIV
Faith Without Works Is Dead
Many Christians haven’t been properly taught – or shown, rather – what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. What does it look and sound like? As the popular saying goes, we are follow Jesus so closely that we are covered in His dust. What we see Him do, we do. What we hear Him say, we say. His love becomes our love.
And it starts with something as simple as a cup of cold water given in Jesus’ name, or offering to pray with someone. Our spiritual leaders, pastors, preachers, deacons, elders, and teachers must express to believers that even something as seemingly small as setting up chairs and tables for a community outreach event is serving The Lord. Helping to distribute clothing, food, personal hygiene and medical supplies is being Jesus to somebody. Disciples need to hear that it is a good and faithful thing to do even the smallest tasks for the Kingdom. Begin with those and you are doing the work of The Lord.
One Day Of Hope
One example of the power of God working though Christians serving others is the One Day Of Hope event in Manchester, Tennessee. Imagine (to borrow from and co-opt John Lennon) every Christian working for Jesus. Oh, what the world would look like then! One Day Of Hope board member, Ray Marcrom, describes the event as disciples doing what Jesus would have us do by demonstrating His compassion:
“[One Day Of Hope] puts a new face on the body of Christ to our community. A face of love, hopefully.”
One Day Of Hope will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester, TN.
A volunteer rally will be held 7:00 PM Friday, October 16, 2015 at First Baptist church.
For more information on One Day Of Hope visit their website at southerntnoutreach.com
QUESTION: What ways does your church family encourage believers to serve those in need? Let us know in the comments.