“When we serve others through the use of our gifts, we are channels through which the grace and power of God are manifested. When a man or woman with the gift of giving pays another believer’s electric bill, it is God’s grace. When a pastor gifted as an exhorter stands to deliver a message, it is God’s grace to the people. When a believer with the gift of service gives his or her time to meet a need, it is God’s grace in action. In these instances, Jesus is at work through his body. It is more than a matter of people being nice. It is Christ manifest on earth.
When you hear about believers in need, don’t just pray. Become a part of the answer. Exercise your gift. After all, isn’t it a bit strange to pray for someone who has a financial need when you have the resources to meet it? Do you think God is going to create money and drop it out of the sky? Of course not. His plan to meet the needs of his people is his people? That is why he has gifted us.”
(Charles Stanley- “The Spirit-Filled Life”)
I titled this post “Faith in Action” because it is so important that we use our gifts to serve the purposes of God. He has asked us to use our lives for his service in the world around us. We all have a tremendous amount of talents and abilities that God has given us and every person in the body of Christ plays an important role in using those talents to help others (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). The church cannot be at its full effectiveness unless every member is working with the gifts they have been given.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
We cannot sit back and simply pray and hope that someone will find themselves the help they need. If we are capable to help others with the resources we have available, then we need to help. If not, we are not being good stewards of the blessings we have been given. We are basically being selfish if we hoard our extra resources when we see obvious needs around us and do nothing about them.
Faith in action is all about doing instead of just talking. We can sit here on our blog posts and write all day long about how to love God more and improve the world and we can listen to sermons from the pulpit about the disarray of society, but until we put that knowledge into practice, we’re just spiritual hypocrites as far as the world is concerned. So I make this challenge. Today, tomorrow, this week, look for ways to use your abilities and resources to serve someone else, especially someone in need. Just look around your neighborhood, your community, your place of employment and I guarantee you’ll find someone who could use what you have to offer.