At The Crossing, we want to be different and not another church who meets Sunday morning to praise and worship God, and then spend the rest of the week following the pursuits of the world. We are to be different – not because it will save us, but because we are to be like Christ. He walked the Earth caring for others, healing the sick, and caring for the poor.
God has a plan for each of and knows what He wants us to do for His kingdom. When God allows us to go through a test, it is His way of getting us ready to do His work.
“It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” ——2 Timothy 3:17 (NLT)
When God made the world and man, He had a plan for each of us. He knew then what work we were going to do for the glory of our Father.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
As James, the half-brother of Jesus, told the believers scattered throughout the world. We are to show our faith by our actions. This passage in the Bible tells us in plain language:
“We are to do the work of our Father. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:14-26 (NLT)
Read that last verse “so faith without works is dead.” It does not get any plainer than that. We are to do the work God has for us, period. Not if we want to, not when we feel like it, not when we don’t have anything else we want to do. We are to do the work God has planned for each of us. When we do, we are doing his work and will be happier.
Works does not have to be some big bold act, it can be:
- Feeding a hungry person
- Caring for a sick person
- Sharing Christ by witnessing to others
- Helping a neighbor when they are down.
- It is anything that puts the love of Our Lord out there for some else.
- It can be preaching a sermon