Faith…needs to be matched with action. Belief is not just brain cells in motion. It demands a response. Do we do what we believe? If we believe in a seed, we plant it.
It is one thing to be awakened to injustice and quite another to be willing to be inconvenienced and interrupted to do something about it.
Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.
You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for one’s leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting… It takes all one’s strength, and all one’s heart, and all one’s mind, and all one’s soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint. This is a business for adventurous spirits; others would shrink out of it. And so Christ had a way of pulling up would-be recruits with sobering and disconcerting questions, of meeting applicants – breathless and panting in their eagerness – by asking them if they really thought they had the grit, the stamina, the gallantry, required. For many, He explained, begin, but quickly become cowed, and slink away, leaving a thing unfinished as a pathetic monument of their own lack of courage and of staying power.
There is a lie that many Christians believe. They believe that if they keep their head down low and stay under the radar, the enemy will think they aren’t that dangerous and will go after another target. In reality, the enemy is a thief. He is an opportunistic thief. If you leave your doors and windows open, he will come in, he will steal and he will destroy. I would imagine he is grateful, in his own twisted way, to those who don’t resist him. He likes passivity.
Our hearts beat excitedly over stories of people like Abraham and Moses, yet we fail to recognize that they were as frail and nervous as we are. We stand in awe of Moses at the burning bush: Now there is a bush that burns, we say. I would like to be a bush like that, but I’m just a heap of ashes. And that’s as far as we get. We discuss the phenomenon of what God can do in a life, tell amazing stories about it, praise it – but then resign ourselves to being nothing more than what we think we are, a mere bystander, resigned to sitting in the balcony among the spectators. But it is not the bush that sustains the flame. It is God in the bush, and so, any old bush will do!
Sympathy is no substitute for action.
In every action we take, we are doing one of two things: we are either helping to create a hell on earth or helping to bring down a foretaste of heaven. We are either contributing to the broken condition of the world or participating with God in transforming the world to reflect his righteousness. We are either advancing the rule of Satan or establishing the reign of God.
The proof that you love someone is not found in your feelings for them. The proof is found in your actions, your words and your sacrifice. The proof is found in your willingness to give the best of yourself and your willingness to get nothing in return.