Everyone has needs.
We need a comforting arm or a companion for the journey;
a safe dwelling place or a square meal;
a time of rest or rededication.
From every community, every family, every economic level,
people seek help,
a source of fulfillment for the things they lack.
God invites us into a life of abundance,
where all can be filled,
and where all will be called
to become helpers, too.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
James 2:14-17next >
Faith is a choice, for life.
When we become followers of Christ, we know we will be changed. Walking with Jesus has always had that effect. Fishermen became disciples. Sick people became well. Blind people became sighted. Faithfulness changes every step we take, for all our lives.
Faith is also a choice for life.
Belief in the resurrected Christ means following in the way of life; there’s no room for lifelessness in an Easter faith. If faithful people fail to use their hearts, hands, and feet in service to those in need, our faith is as good as dead. No matter how rightly we believe, unless we are doing faith — by caring for others, providing for their needs, reaching out to help — unless we are faith-ing with our hands and feet, our faith is as extinct as the dinosaurs.
Let’s practice a walking-around faith, a feeding faith, a giving faith — a faith that is a way of life, for life.
Nikki Finkelstein-Blairnext >
Just as you are a living God, nurture in me a living faith. Give me hands that are ready to serve; feet that are ready to go; and a heart that is ready to love. Amen.next >
As the hands and feet of God,
we put our faith to work in service to the world,
trusting in the One who has helped us,
and called us
to lead us to those in need.
Let us love as God loves:
with hands ready to get dirty,
with feet ready to walk far,
with eyes ready to see hardship,
with hearts ready to receive.
Let us love as God loves:
with lives ready to serve.
Nikki Finkelstein-Blair is an ordained Baptist minister, wife to a US Navy chaplain, and stay-home mom to two little boys. In every new duty station, she participates in church life from VBS to pulpit supply, and is regularly involved in women’s ministries and writing. She blogs seasonal devotions at The Ordinary Times.