God’s Action Warrior
Too many times I have gone to church, listened to the Pastor preach and then gone on my merry old way. Quickly swept up in the daily rush of life, leaving the idea of studying what the pastor said behind. God didn’t ask us to be of a passive faith. He despises luke warm Christians, like I detest coffee that is slightly warm. This is what we settle for though. Is your faith really producing fruit, if you never act on what God is asking you to do?
I spent years going to church, reading my Bible, praying to God right before I went to bed, but I never felt on fire for God. I tried to be a good person. I even said “yes” to everyone that asked me for my help. Only to find myself burnt out, cringing at going to church because someone else might ask me to do one more thing. I couldn’t say no though. Good Christian woman wouldn’t say no.
I thought that I could prove myself a good person, by doing lots of good deeds for others. What I wasn’t realizing was that I was seeking the approval of others around me. I was more concerned with what they thought of me, than what God thought of me. If I was to read James 2:14-20 years ago, it would have confirmed how I felt. That doing good deeds is what every good Christian does. But I was missing the part about listening to God first.
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? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has
no food or clothing, 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?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Now some may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can
you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe
this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? ~ James 2:14-20
All of those lines that talk about faith being useless without good deeds, would have proven my theory of working myself to death, trying to prove that I was a good Christian. What I was missing was the relationship with God. I thought that to be a good person, I had to prove myself by my own man power. This only led to me wanting to be in control of everything. Not trusting and relying on God to produce fruit in my life.
It also seemed that I wasn’t letting God lead me in my life. If only I had taken the time to pray to God about where He wanted me to be. Then maybe I wouldn’t have been so burnt out. Today as I focus on following God’s orders in my life, I notice that when I help others, I am not feeling overwhelmed. My life isn’t out of whack, to the point of exhaustion.
Whose Well Done are you Working for?
Even though God asked me to start this website, I found it useful in puffing up my pride. I had gone from being a public school teacher, with a Master’s Degree, to a stay-at-home mom. I was embarrassed. I wasn’t prvoding an income anymore, so my self-worth went down the drain. I prayed that God would help this website grow, so that I could feel better about myself. Finding myself feeling jealous at all the other homeschool moms that had websites that were doing better than mine.
“Whose well done are you working for?”, was whispered to me one day, as I was feeling down, because my website wasn’t growing as fast as I wanted. That question smacked me right between the eyes. Knocking me off my feet, and pushing me down. I felt so foolish. I wanted people to know ME, not God. I wanted them to say, “Well done Miranda. You made something of yourself.” Not realizing that God was asking me to help those homeschooling moms that felt so alone. That in Him they could find peace, confidence, endurance, strength and so much more. That without Him, I was just typing words on a screen.
Then, a few months ago, God asked me to write a Bible study book, using His Words in Esther. I was so scared. Who am I, that I should be writing about God’s Word. Inspite of my own fear, I took a step forward. I started reading the book of Esther, praying that He would show me the way. Not only did He show me exactly what he wanted written, He even held my hands as I typed each prayerfully thought out word.
I had finally turned the corner of only wanting others to tell me, well done.
How often do we want to hear well done from our kids? Our spouse? Our family? Our friends? People at church? It’s nice to hear, but God’s words of well done, will mean so much more to us, than any human could ever give us.
It’s not easy. You are going to make people mad. People will not agree with your decisions, but we are to live a godly life, not a wordly life.
I am not telling you to shove others and their opinions aside. We are to love everyone, including our enemies. But, when we only focus on the world around us, not pausing to look up at what God wants, then we have it all wrong.
Let’s Act on God’s Word
But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you
are only fooling yourselves. ~ James 1:22
Let’s start by reading God’s Word and putting it into action at home. We need to start with our marriage first. God gave you your spouse for a reason. As you read the Bible, try to see those words through your spouse’s eyes. Until we start to work on ourselves, our marriage is not going to change.
- If you are in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship get help now.
We then need to start acting on God’s Word with our children. We are charged to raise up the next generations of believers. If we are not producing fruit and changing our own ways, then how are our children going to turn out to be godly people? Remind yourself, that without God, it is impossible to be the type of parent that we should be. Hit your knees in prayer when your kids are driving you nuts. When you don’t know what else to do. Every morning, before we even begin the day. Allow Him to take over and mold you.
Help us to be the mom and wife that you want us to be. Show us how to start acting and doing your Word. Set our hearts on fire to be more like you each day. Show us how to rely on you more, and less on ourselves and our selfish desires. Grant us a heart of peace, patience, and strength to raise our kids to become godly adults. For you know the plans that you have for us and our family. Thank you for giving us our children and our spouse. Help us to love them and see them the way that you do. Amen
Now it would be so easy to click off this blog and say yeah, she had some good ideas. But what if that isn’t all that you do?
I want you to write down the verses James 2:14-20. Put them in a place where you can read it everyday. Make it your mission to memorize the whole passage. Then you can either write down the prayer above, or write your own prayer asking God to help you put His Word into action. Realize though that with prayer it takes time. God may answer you right away or not. You need to consistently and wholeheartedly pray this prayer everyday.
Don’t waste another day, just getting by. Instead, rely on God and His power, to start changing your life before your very eyes. Let’s become action warriors!!
May God bless you and keep you,