We can’t just believe in God in our hearts. We have to live our faith. Sometimes this is difficult. We don’t always recognize a nudge from God to do something for Him.
We have to :
Stop: One time I was shopping and I picked a short line to check out. Then I saw that the man ahead of me had food stamps to pay for his groceries. I was tempted to go to another cashier. I felt a strong pull to stay where I was.
Listen: I waited and then the cashier said told him that he didn’t have enough to cover all of his purchases. He told her which ones to remove from the bill until he could cover the cost. She put those items aside. And checked him out.
Act: As she finished I told her to put his things on my bill. He started to walk away and I called him back. I said, “Please take the rest of your things.” He kept thanking me. And then left the store. I paid my bill and went out to the parking lot. He was still walking to his car and thanked me again for helping him.
It was such a moving experience to be able to reach out in God’s love and do a good deed for Him. We can do these things daily if we just listen to His prompting.
Our good deeds can be done anywhere and for anyone. We should especially show our children how to reach out in faith and love to those around us. To teach them to listen to the voice they hear in their heart. Tell them it is the voice of God asking them to do something for Him.
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:17
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jas 2:17). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.