Why believing the Gospel isn’t enough

Gospel

Life is action…

And action is based on belief.

We make choices everyday to do something based on what we believe to be true.

Let me put it to you this way…

Recently, we’ve seen millions of people in Houston and Florida do something because they believed that they were in the path of a hurricane.

Action was taken to move out of it’s direct path.

Sacrifices were made to save others.

A lot of people did something because they believed that their lives depended on action.

But, what if they didn’t do something?

What if they believed that the hurricane was coming and chose to do nothing?

Now, in the aftermath of these hurricanes, thousands of people from all over North America will travel to Houston and Florida to do something…

To help clean up homes and businesses wrecked by wind and rain.

To provide food and shelter for those who’ve lost even the most basic necessities.

To come alongside and encourage and pray for those devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

But, what if they didn’t do something either?

What if the first responders and volunteers from across our country believed that their were millions of people in need of help…but chose to do nothing?

My point is this…

If there is something that we can all learn from these two recent natural disasters it is that believing something to be true is not enough.

Belief requires action.

Imagine that the people of Houston and Florida believed that a life-changing hurricane was coming…but chose to do nothing.

And then ask yourself…would their beliefs even really matter at that point?

Action (and inaction) reveals what we truly believe and what we value.

As Christians, the recent devastation in Houston and Florida should remind us all that following Jesus is more than just believing in Jesus.

Following Jesus requires us to do something.

If you believe in the truth of the Gospel, your everyday choices and actions should reflect that belief.

And, even though God may not be asking you to travel to Houston or Florida to do something today (or in the future), He demands that we act on our beliefs wherever we are.

Just believing the Gospel is not enough.

Because, belief without action is unbelief.

Do something.

 

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

James 2:14-17

 

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