Demonstrating our faith by our works

Published 10:45 am Thursday, August 31, 2017

We do not have to look very far to find someone that needs a miracle. Many are suffering some type of crisis with everything from health problems, their children and grieving over a loss, to finances, marriage issues and addictions.

When difficult situations are presented, we become sympathetic; but how often do we consider that God may have brought these individuals to our attention so that we can not only pray but to intervene and help meet their needs? Instead of just discussing the situation and having pity, maybe we can become the miracle they are praying for. 

James chapter two talks about the difference between having faith without becoming involved and demonstrating our faith by our willingness to take the time and actually help them. 

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Have you ever been discouraged or in trouble and you cried out for God to please send somebody to help? If someone responded, you knew they were a Godsend, right? But if no one came, we assume someone was called upon but was probably just too busy or maybe they simply did not want to take the time or money to become involved.

I believe this reveals more about what life is really about than we care to think about.There are so many opportunities like visiting individuals in a nursing home or helping a family with groceries.

He may be guiding and preparing a divine appointment for us to present a Bible scripture with a friend at work or maybe to share our heart in a letter to encourage a loved one that we are concerned about. 

There are so many opportunities all around us where we could make a difference. I know there are times in my life where I could have used someone’s kindness. It feels good to know that someone cares enough to make an intentional effort to bless us as we all want to feel loved and respected.

There is a passage in Galatians chapter six that talks about our deeds being like seeds, and that we all reap according to what we sow.

Applying this spiritual principle to our life, we can see how important it is to reach out to others in the same way we would like someone to care about us. If you need a miracle, become someone’s miracle.

If you desire to have more friends, go out of your way to be friendly.

If you want to be loved, learn how to love. God can connect us, but our responsibility is to make ourselves available. 

Jesus told a parable in Luke chapter ten about a man who was attacked by thieves and was left beside the road nearly dead. Two different men passed by (one of them a minister) and both ignored him. Then a Samaritan man found him and literally saved his life.

The good Samaritan became the wounded man’s miracle, and presents the question that is worthy of consideration: are we the one who passes by or the one who becomes involved?

Dr. Holland lives in Central Kentucky where he is a Christian minister and author of the book, “A lifestyle of Worship.” Learn more at: