Faith. Unquestioning belief in God. Absolute trust in God. Something that we cannot please God without. (Hebrews 11:6)
This is faith.
So what does faith have to do with serving those in need?
James 2:14-17 says, “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.”
It’s simple – faith without action is dead.
I don’t know about you, but I want my faith to be alive. Alive and burning so brightly that everyone can see it. But that is impossible if I have no actions to support that faith.
If you check out Galatians 5:22-23 you’ll find the fruits of the spirit. These are often the kinds of actions that cause our faith to be alive. Two particular fruits that are listed have a lot to do with serving those in need. Love and Kindness. When we serve those in need we are not only speaking love and kindness, but showing it as well.
This is SO critical to why we should serve those in need. Firstly, because choosing to act in love and show kindness will cause our faith to come alive. Secondly, and most importantly, it will allow others to SEE that faith, to witness it for themselves. We should want Jesus to work through us and be seen in us. Faith with action is how that becomes possible.
Are you ready to let your faith come alive? Are you ready to pursue a servant life that allows others to see God in you? Good. Remember that battle-ready mind we’re supposed to have? Let’s start by putting that into action as we seek to serve those in need.
So you have the right mindset, you have living faith, you have the motivation – where do you start, though? Who do you help first?
We each are going through our own struggles; we each have our own needs; and we each have different areas in our lives that we especially need help in. But you can’t possibly help everyone now, can you? The tough part is finding the balance. My suggestion is this: Seek out those who have nothing, or hardly anything. Give them more than just food or a blanket. Give them a reason to live despite their situation. Give them a Bible. Show them Jesus. Show them Who He is in you. Show them your living faith.
BUT – keep your eyes and ears open. There are always people around you that may not be asking for help, but may need it. Even if you can’t physically help them, be praying for them. Show them you care.
And finally, no matter who you help, remember the reason you’re doing it. Make sure that when you help someone, they’re not just seeing the well-off person that can afford to help out. Make sure they’re seeing your reason, motivation, and faith. Make sure they’re seeing Jesus.