In the Book of James, we see how faith and works are tied together. Faith is a beautiful thing but of what use is it if it is not expressed in our actions. Many times in the Gospels, we see Jesus opening himself to service, letting people know they are seen. We see Jesus speaking, touching, and healing.
Jesus showed us that faith, love, and action are connected. What drew the crowds to Jesus? In Luke 6:17-19, many came to Jesus because they knew he would see their needs, speak to their souls, and bring healing to their broken lives. Consider for a moment the following questions:
What would have happened if Jesus had stayed inside?
What would have happened if Jesus had closed his eyes?
What would have happened if Jesus had not reached out?
What would have happened if Jesus had not said a word?
Not only would the Gospels have been much shorter, but hearts would not have been reached and lives would not have changed.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, our faith calls to love and our love drives us to action. There are people all around us who need to hear the good news. We have the power to speak life to others, bring healing with a smile, or lend a helping hand. We are God’s hands and feet to bring relief to the poor, release to the captives, and comfort to the broken.
May God help us open our doors, eyes, hands, hearts, and mouths to meet the needs of those in need.