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Ron Writes

ACTION!

“So Moses and Aaron did it” (Ex. 7:6). “So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh” (Ex. 7:10). They acted! This is the turning point in the story. Like all the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, it begins “By faith Moses” and then tells us what he did. Faith always does something.

Christianity is about doing. At the judgment, will God say “well said” or “well done”….. “good and faithful servant” (Mt. 25:21). Christianity is about action. Jesus tells a parable about two sons that were told by their father to go and work. One said, “I will not," but afterward he regretted it and went. The other said, “I will”, but he didn’t go. Jesus asks, “which of the two did the will of his father” (Mt. 21:28-32)?

In Jesus’ conclusion to the “sermon on the mount” he tells of the foolish and wise builders. The difference between foolishness and wisdom is action (Mt. 7:24-27).

I once had a friend who thought his gift was to think of ministries for the church. After each presentation he would make, it was clear that it would be a great ministry. Unfortunately, he made it clear that he expected others to act without him. The church never lacks for ideas, but it has always been hindered by a lack of laborers.

James asks some penetrating questions. “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works is dead, being by itself” (Jm. 2:14-17).

The nouns of Christianity are easier than the verbs.

Repent. Go. Teach. Do. ACT!