In the book of James, we learn that “Faith without works is dead– What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” Although this sounds like a scary verse, in reality, it should be all the motivation you need to get out in the community and start serving others. This doesn’t need to be complicated, either. Here are some easy ways that you can start adding some works to your faith!
Although wanting to serve and save the entire world is an admirable thing to want to do, it can be pretty overwhelming in practice. Start by volunteering in your immediate community. Set up a neighborhood watch program, donate to school initiatives, or donate your time at a women’s shelter. These are all easy ways to start demonstrating your devotion to God and your dedication to your community. There’s really no excuse for not doing anything, considering how many people there are in our world that need help.
Get Your Church Family Involved
Most churches already participate in some sort of community outreach or volunteering program. However, doing the same old things can eventually lose effectiveness. If you’ve been doing car washes or canned food drives for years, maybe it’s time to shake things up. Also, think about the professional resources you have in your church congregation. One of the most valuable things a person can do is donate their time and professional knowledge. If you or someone you know is a person with a valuable skill, consider offering free services to the community. Plumbers, contractors, dentists, tax preparers, attorneys, coaches, or babysitters are great ideas when it comes to this.
Be Like Christ
When visitors arrive at your church building, how do you behave? Are you quick to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome without judgement, or not? The way you treat visitors is reflective of the way you would treat Christ if he were to walk into the door. Remember this verse: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Never forget this!
I’m Jessica Cox, and although I struggle sometimes I never let the difficulties of the world destroy my positivity. My faith is what guides me through life’s difficulties and keeps me feeling positive even when things aren’t going well. If you’d like me to share my story at your business convention or religious gathering, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me.