Faith & Works
"...God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." -Romans 12:3
During this season, God has put me in a circumstance that has enabled me to serve. When I first started staying at home to take care of our newborn baby, I struggled with the drastic change of not working and I felt like I just didn't know what I was supposed to be doing. I have since realized that God has put me in a specific place in order to do specific works for Him. At first the things that I could do felt so insignificant and limited, but now that I recognize that He gave me the ability to serve others, I can do so with a faithful heart.
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. -James 2:18
All of a sudden, children came into my life. I went from only ever having watched my own daughter, to watching my nieces and a handful of other kids from church as well. They all need care at different days and times, sometimes overlapping. It felt as if God so obviously handed me a task, and I could either choose to do the bare minimum and not put myself out there, or I could go ahead and open our home. I chose to volunteer myself whenever someone needed a baby sitter, even with the fear of being incapable and overwhelmed. God has put me in a place where I am able to do this. If I didn't, I would be blatantly disobeying, turning my back on what God has planned for me by taking this opportunity He gave me to serve and dismissing it. Instead, taking what He has given me and using it to grow and bear good fruit is a way that I can strengthen my faith and show God that I am willing to do more.
“His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'” -Matthew 25:23
Sometimes I think He is testing me when I reluctantly agree to do something, and then it falls through anyway. There are definitely times when an opportunity to serve the Lord arises and I just don't want to take it, because I want my own time or I am tired or some other thing. But more and more I feel convicted knowing that God is putting these opportunities in front of me and knowing He wants me to reach out and serve Him and others.
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? -James 2:21-22
Through helping others and using my current situation to its utmost potential, I have learned to show my faith by my works, and with every good work He perfects my faith.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. - James 2:26