13 Jun Put your money where your mouth is
James 2:14 (NIV)
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?”
We like to say that we are using our faith for something: “I trust God for this car; for a new job; a house; a spouse.” But what does such faith help if we have not sown any seed towards it? It becomes more like a wish or a ‘hope for the best’ without any guarantee that things will actually happen.
James 2:15-17 (NIV)
“Suppose a bother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
In the same way it does no good saying to the church that you wish it well, but you don’t do anything towards making it a reality. Apart from giving your time, your skills and your presence, giving financially is part of making the church work.
When you give offerings and return your tithe to the Lord through the local church, you are in effect putting your money where your mouth is in wishing the church well. It is the same as saying “Go and be a church that builds the kingdom.”
We thank each and every contributor to this ministry. You are adding deeds to your faith and will see the results.