Updated: May 19
I'LL BE PRAYING FOR YOU...MAYBE
Have you ever had someone come to you with a need, and through the course of the conversation (or to end it) you said, "I'll be praying for you"? However, once you walked away you completely forgot about their need, your promise to pray for it, and maybe even their name. I regret to say I have done this very thing.
The question is, what good did it do? What good was it to that person? Did they receive any help? Did they derive any comfort? Were they the recipient of any intercessory prayers on their behalf? Did it meet any of their needs?
What's worse - when we see them the next time and do one of two things:
Say a quick "Lord help them" and then tell them the bold face lie - "I've been praying for you."
OR we run the other direction and completely avoid them.
FAITH = ACTION
In the book of James, he wrote this:
What good is it, my brothers and sister, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or 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. (James 2:14-17, NIV)
What James wants us to realize is that our faith is more than just BELIEVING something. Our faith is a belief in something that compels us to DO something.
He gives us a couple of examples of this in the following verses. He talked about Abraham, and how he believed God, and this belief compelled him to sacrifice his only son as a result of his faith. James 2:22 says, "You see that his faith and his actions were working together..."
He also gave us the example of Rahab, the prostitute. She believed that God had given the city of Jericho to the Israelites. And because of that belief, she was compelled to hide the Jewish spies that had come there to see the city, and saved their lives. James 2:25 says, "[she was] considered righteous for what she did..."
In both examples, faith and belief was followed up by actions. And it was the actions that were the proofs of that faith.
Benjamin Franklin said once,
“Well done is better than well said.”
This sums up James' point quite nicely. When it comes to your faith, are you just a lot of talk, or do you have actions to back it up? When you get to heaven, is the Lord going to tell you well done?
Now is the time to consider whether your actions are a reflection of your faith or your lack of it. Consider this:
When faced with a hardship, do you panic and worry or pray and trust?
When given the opportunity to be a blessing, do you make excuses or make it happen?
When seeing an injustice, do you stay silent or speak up?
When prompted by God to take a step of faith, do you run away from or toward God?
Saying you believe is God is good, but as James reminds us, "Even the demons believe that - and shudder." (James 2:19b) Belief cannot and should not be the only thing to define your faith in God. It must be accompanied by action. Your faith should compel you to DO something with what you believe. It should move you to action that can be counted as righteous in the eyes of God. The good news is, you have everything you need to do just that: God's Word, and the Holy Spirit.
The next time someone tells you about a hardship they are going through, do more than just SAY you are going to pray for them. Actually pray. And, if you can DO more, then offer to take additional steps to help when and where you can.
Then you, like James, will be showing your faith BY your deeds.
Lord, I DO believe. I have put my faith in your Son, Jesus. But lately, I have not been acting on that faith. Help me to see the needs around me as opportunities to live out my faith. I pray that you will continue to help me grow in this area, and that I will please you with a faith that is alive and active. I ask these things in Jesus' name, amen!
Alright, here are a few things you need to know...
Kay Mustoe is amazing! She has been serving the kids of GCF for more than 22 years (that's longer than Steve has been Pastor). For more than half of that time she wasn't even paid...she volunteered her time because she loved kids and wanted to see them come to Jesus.
To this day, she loves God, kids, parents, and volunteers with all her heart. And she always goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has everything they need. She's an awesome lady and she's got a birthday coming up.
Tuesday, May 24th is Kay's birthday. I encourage you to find her this Sunday and wish her a happy birthday. If you can't be in church on Sunday, then send her a text and let her know how much you appreciate her.
GCFKIDS TEAM CELEBRATION
Before everyone takes off for their summer vacations, we want to have one last shindig to celebrate all that God has done this past year through each of you. Here are the details:
WHEN: Sunday, June 5th from 12:30-2:30 pm
WHO: You (and your spouse & kids of course)
FOOD: Taco Bar
FUN: We will have some games, prizes, and fun with the adults. Your kids can head to the kids area to play (we will have someone there to watch them) while we celebrate.
REASON: We want to celebrate the good things God has done in GCFKIDS over the last year. Think of a story or your favorite moment in the last year and be ready to share.
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GLOBAL KIDMIN DAY - SAVE THE DATE!!!
GCFKIDS wants to be a leader in the Kid's Ministry arena. That's why we are hosting a training in August for Kid's Ministry volunteers in our church AND in churches around our community. We want to build up the community of leaders who love God and love kids.
Here are the details:
WHEN: Saturday, August 13th from 9 am - Noon
WHO: Everyone on our GCFKIDS Team
COST: Free (includes continental breakfast)
WHAT: Conference level training from the comfort of our own church.
Session 1: Jesus Centered Leaders with Ryan & Beth Frank
Session 2: Jesus’ Love for Today’s Kids with Chizzy Anderson
Session 3: Jesus for Every Age - A Round Table Discussion
Session 4: Jesus’ Story with Matt McKay
Session 5: Jesus Connected Kids with Chuck Peters
Session 6: Jesus Party with Amber Pike
Session 7: Jesus Followers for Life with Josh Mulvihill
It will inspire and encourage you to love kids and families now more than ever before. You will be equipped with practical tools that you can use in your small group on Sunday mornings.
More information will be coming soon.
That's it for this week. I will see you all on Sunday. Have a great weekend!