Thursday, August 5, 2010

Putting Faith to Work

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 4-6; James 2

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26 NIV)

Elisha was such a great example of a man of God who believed that anything was possible with God, and acted on his faith to help others see the truth. In 2 Kings 4, a widow comes to Elisha, asking for help. Her sons are about to be sold as slaves because of her debts. Elisha gives her a task. He sees a way to act on his faith, but it will require a great amount of faith from the widow as well. She must fill as many jars as possible with oil. Yet she only has a little bit left. Yet, she believes that the impossible with happen, and it does. She fills enough oil in the jars to pay off her creditors. Elisha’s act of faith influences her own act of faith. Because he was willing to help her, she sees the power of God in action.
Isn’t it a wonderful cycle? One person’s faith influences another persons faith and causes it to grow.
So often I get caught up in myself, and forget to reach out and help others in need. I forget all that God can do through a simple act of kindness. And how that simple kindness can draw others closer to him.
What about you? How can you reach outside of yourself today and help someone else in need? How can you put your faith to good use?

1 comment:

  1. Today, I can influence the 7 kids and a baby who will be under my care for the afternoon...Maybe. :-)