“You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:20-22
Flip Wilson was a popular comedian several years ago, and one of his characters was a preacher at the “What’s Happening Now Church.” The preacher would shout out: If this church is going to serve God it’s got to get down on its knees and crawl!! And the congregation yelled back “Make it crawl preacher, make it crawl!! And once this church has learned to crawl, it’s got to get up on its feet and walk! Make it walk, preacher, make it walk—the congregation moaned. And once this church has learned to walk it’s got begin to learn to run!! Make it run, preacher, make it run!!! And in order to run, it’s got reach deep down into pockets and learn to give!!! There was a silent pause—make it crawl preacher, make it crawl!!
How is your faith this morning?? Are you running or crawling?? In the lives of many churchgoers today, there is a chasm between profession and action, professed faith and works—and that chasm gives the lie to people’s loud claims to real faith. Faith begins on our knees seeking the face of God. The object of real faith is Jesus, not ourselves. What will be the center of my life? There are hundreds of options. Your job, your spouse, your car, your house, your yard, your boat, your family. These things are not bad; they just don’t need to be the center of our lives. The Bible makes it clear that only God is worthy of and truly capable of filling that center place of our lives.
Close the gap this morning between your profession and action of your faith in Jesus. Pray for God to bring together your profession and action for the sake of the gospel. Pray for a revival of faith in our community and city. I’m tired of crawling, it’s time to wake up and walk by faith with Jesus today!!