Faith In Action

I once heard someone say all prayer should have legs. I completely agree. We as Christians should depend on God, we should pray and rely on his strength but our prayers many times should result in some type of action. What is the action? Whatever action you can take. But God rarely calls us to sit on our ass, pardon my French. Especially if you are healthy and able. So if you say you have faith in Jesus, I say what action are you taking toward that faith? For me it took many many many steps of faith to escape my past. I am still fighting to be free of it. But I will never sit on my ass. Actually many times God has to remind me that I need to a little more sitting for my own health and well being.

Now here is the tricky thing. We can take steps that are good and steps that are bad. This is often the reason I do not take a step. I am unsure of which step is the correct step. To me this has been what maturing in Christ means. It is learning how to discern what is the right step. Other people can help us, books can help us, the Bible can help us, mentors can help us, etc. These people/things can sometimes not even be Christian if they are specialized in whatever issue you have. For instance I do not go to my pastor when I have a tooth ache. No, I go to my dentist.

It is ultimately our decision which step we take but it is also the role of the church to help support, love, encourage and point people in the right direction. For we are often blind to what to do. Or at least I was especially when I was younger. I often went to people in the church for advice and direction when I was in a place of not knowing what to do. I find it incredibly sad I walked around clinically depressed for months, told a pastor I felt paranoid, had raging mood swings, went to multiple people for help and it was over 8 month before anyone pointed me in the direction of seeing a doctor, then followed up to see if I had actually gone. This is a sad reality.

When I think through my own journey I find that most my mistakes came when I was seeking God but had no one to ask for advice. Or I asked for advice but they did not give me any, they just listened and prayed. Or they gave me advice which was wrong because they never listened in the first place. For me in particular I am very bad at communicating. Especially with new people I do not know well. Some people are open books. Some are closed books. I tend to be open to a few pages but the rest you have to earn my trust to gain access. Not many people gain my trust. Furthermore past disappointments, mistakes and wounds makes me very un inclined to trust. This makes it challenging to ask people for advice since people make judgements based on very limited knowledge and understanding.

I know I am a rather complicated person with a complicated past.

If you have faith in Jesus, you are praying and you feel stuck there should always be some type of action you are taking. God wants us to pray and have faith but he often does not call us to sit on our ass. Have faith, pray but with faith comes action. Amen.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?Can such faith save them? 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? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 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. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:14-26

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