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Faith and What Follows

Several years ago my wife and I had our first child. My wife had a very difficult pregnancy and was in and out of the hospital several times before having to go on bed rest and begin her maternity leave three weeks early. As a result, we were scheduled to lose the equivalent of a month’s pay from her job, leaving us with half our monthly income and twice our normal expenses due to the outrageous cost of diapers and formula. Family was there to help, but pride kept me from divulging the details of our financial situation. A few weeks later, as we were leaving church, we were met in the lobby by our friends and home group leaders who gave us a check and told us they wanted to bless us just as Christ had blessed them. My heart was filled with gratitude, and I wept as I opened the check to see that their gift was almost the exact difference in our income that month. I have never forgotten their generosity, and this one act of kindness taught me this valuable truth: faith is active.

Our faith should be active (James 2:17). That means it should be accompanied by good deeds. Prayer is necessary and appreciated, but by meeting each other’s most immediate needs, whether it’s food, clothing, shelter, or money, we have the opportunity to change someone’s life and grow our own faith. Claiming Jesus as our Savior means having a heart for everyone He loves. Saved People Serve People.

Reflect:

  • Would you categorize your faith as active or passive? In what ways can you move your faith from passive to active? 
  • Who is God calling you to be a blessing to today?

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