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.
Sometimes we find ourselves falling back on the notion that simply having faith and believing in God is enough to feel connected to our Christian calling. We attend church when we can, give a prayer of thanks in times of happiness, and prayers of grief during times of sadness- but is this really enough? Is this living in reverence to Jesus? This passage reminds us that our deeds and actions are paramount in shedding God’s light on our world. We should be living and breathing examples of faith. Without good works our faith is lifeless. In order to shed light and show faith, we are called to be examples of God’s love and do his work in the world. This may sound intimidating, but I think it can be quite comforting knowing that I am doing God’s will through simple everyday acts of love and faith.
This church gives us so many opportunities to do God’s work in the world through all of the different service and outreach initiatives. I have been privileged enough to experience the ministries of this church through going on the High School Youth Group service projects, traveling to Fumbelo in Zambia, and serving as a youth deacon. The possibilities are endless! We need not look far if we want to put our faith to work. I feel so blessed to have been given so many amazing opportunities to be connected God and serve others through these initiatives. I encourage all members of this church to see if any of these opportunities speak to them.
Dear God, please help us to be living examples of faith. Give us the courage to take action and put your love into all that we do. Guide us in righteous ways and encourage us to shed light in the world. In this Holiday Season, let us try even more fervently to be doers of Your word. Amen.