Trinity United Methodist Charge
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Message from Pastor Sam

“Where Your Mouth Is”

  14My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them? 15 A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food. 16 If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. 17 In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead. (James 2: 14-17)

     Throughout Scripture we are constantly reminded about faith. Faith, in fact, is the basis of Christianity of most other religions also. For us as Christians, faith is about believing in a Risen Savior who died for our SINS and the Sins of all the World. Yet, we are reminded by James that faith itself is not enough, for along with Faith there must be evidence or works of our belief in an All-Powerful God.

   In fact, Jesus himself and many others in the Bible talk at great depth about faith. The Apostle Paul tells us Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is our belief in a God we cannot physically see or touch, yet still believe in. Paul also says we are all given a measure of faith; In accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you (Romans 12:11).

     The real question is what we do with our faith, being as James reminds us that faith without works is dead. It means that as Christians there must be actions associated with our statement of faith.  There simply must be evidence of our faith and our works. We must realize that God has not called us to be the “frozen chosen” but a people of action.  Years ago, there was a commercial for Close Up toothpaste that simply said “Put your money where your mouth is”. That needs to be our faith; there must be evidence of our belief in a Risen Lord and Savior.

    Now I am ready for you to say: I do not know what to do, I do not know how to do it or I am too old or too young. That is where we must allow our faith to lead us. We must trust in our God to be our guide and know that he calls us to move from our comfort zones and be the Church. We simply cannot say I have given my hour, or I have given my tithe, or I am supporting this or that. Christianity is not a Spectator Religion. We, instead, are called to be a people of action.  So, let us bring forth an example of our faith and be about the works of our Father.

   If you can do nothing else, you can pray that your works can be a works bathing your Church in its ministries, its Leaders and our Missions in Prayer.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Sam