Mission Mindset – From The Mind To The Hands And Feet

Is a faith without action a sincere faith?
Jean Racine

Faith is nothing without action. I can believe until I’m blue in the face, but it’s nothing if I don’t follow through on it.

All talk and no action is like listening to the teacher in a Charlie Brown comic, “Blah blah, blah blah, blah blah.”

I don’t want to be like this.  I want my belief to be coupled with action.  I want my life to be more than just words – “Blah blah, blah blah, blah blah.”

A mission mindset can’t stay only in the mind.  At some point, it has to move into our hands and feet.

Walk across the street.  Shake hands with a stranger.  Spend time with a neighbor in need.  Reach out to widows and orphans near home and abroad.  Don’t just sit on the couch.  Decide today to take action on your faith.

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

What action can you take today to put hands and feet on your faith?