James 2:15-17The Message (MSG)
Faith in Action
14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
This was just shared on our Facebook page CHURCH it was taken yesterday after our get together as Nicole and Marc were driving home, literally a few blocks from where we meet. lines of homeless being fed by a group from another church. They do it every Sunday. They get what James got.
For some of us this passage from James is just the obvious. Its daily life for us. Numerous times I have been on the streets with the sex workers and have taken off my own shoes or jersey or jacket and given it to one of the girls who was without. To me its a no brainer. You don’t have any shoes? Here have mine. I often tell them that the item is a gift from their Father.
When our family is down to nothing, empty bank account empty wallet, somewhat discouraged, we STILL have capacity to give something.
How is that possible? Because this passage from James has become our family lifestyle. Loving others is our lifestyle, and whats awesome is we are surrounded by people who are living the same lifestyle.
Yesterday was Martin’s 41st birthday. A friend heard that and they decided to bless our family with dinner and some treats. This friend doesn’t know all of our story, they don’t know the number in our bank account, they didn’t know the home that we are currently living in, they just knew that they wanted to bless Mart and our family for his birthday. This friend gets the James 2 lifestyle. Whats even more amazing is that this friend is a new one, we have known each other for four weeks, and yet the treats in the package were exactly the way to my heart. A bag of almonds, some flavored tea and some honey. Three of my favorite things, she didn’t know but my heavenly Father knows EVERY detail.
It doesn’t take much. Matthew Barnett who founded the LA Dream Center says ” Find a need and fill it” that’s how easy it is. It can be as huge as feeding a few hundred homeless people on a Sunday lunch time or as simple as taking hold of someone and holding them a little bit longer than usual, a good hug goes a real long way!!!
So today I ask you, “find a need and fill it” You have a greater capacity to love, we all do. Today make James 2 your lifestyle.
We love you all.
The Downs Family. xx