There is Something You Are Supposed to Do

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“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.” – James 2:14-17

Many people read this scripture and walk away thinking that they should be feeding and clothing the poor in order to show their faith.  That’s not necessarily true because that’s not really what it says.  It likens faith without action to wishing a poor person well without doing anything to help them.  In other words, believing that something good can happen and longing to see it happen, even vocalizing your wish for it, is worthless if you do not play your part in making it happen.

Life has come.  The price has been paid.  A way has been made.  But, I think we underestimate our role in the plan.  Our belief in that life is worthless if it doesn’t spring us into action.  That life was designed to come through us.  If it has been planted in you then there is something you are supposed to do.

I can’t accept that all of us have been made for the role of handing out propaganda and working at the soup kitchen.  Later in this same chapter of James it provides examples for us.  We are told about the actions that Abraham and Rahab took and in both cases people’s lives were in danger.  There is more at stake than you ever imagined.  Your role is weightier than you thought.

If we believe that the good news is real and that the life of God is now growing within us, there are important next steps for each of us.  That life takes a unique form in each of us.  It fuels a unique passion in each of us.  Now we are supposed to go and do something about it.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  What good do you find yourself yearning to see?  I suspect you are supposed to bring it about.