Bless you today! It’s Friday! Yahoo!
I know there will be disagreement with me on this. It’s okay. But, it’s my blog…hahaha.
Jesus made many very powerful statements in the Bible. We could list them on and on.
“Come unto me…” “It is finished.” The Sermon on the Mount. “Your faith has made you well.” “I do not condemn you either…” “This is my blood…” Just tons of short verses and statements that have been preached on and taught about thousand of times. And will continue to be taught and preached about. Because they are so powerful. And, I do not detract from them. It’s really hard to say any one particular statement is most powerful or important. But there is one that I have seen very little teaching on. If any. I’m sure it has, I just do not recall hearing it. He says it more than once. In fact the story is in all 4 Gospels and this particular statement takes place in the first 3.
It’s not important to note the differences of the versions of the story. My point is about the statement Jesus made at the beginning of the miracle. John puts some insight into what Jesus was planning and the statement is implied, but the actual statement is made by Jesus in the other 3 Gospels…”You give them something to eat.”
Being a Christian MUST be an active Faith. We are taught both that faith is not based on works/actions, but it is still dead without works/actions. So, this might be confusing, but it really shouldn’t be.
You cannot be saved by doing good works. It’s really cool that you are doing good things for people, but that cannot get you into Heaven.
Still, your faith alone is not proof that you are going to Heaven. That’s why I say that our faith is a faith of action. Your actions/works are proof of what man cannot see. Our real relationship with Jesus will spur us onto do for others. And, if you read James as I have placed the link above, you faith is dead if it does not cause you to desire to do for others. Folks, that’s kinda scary. There are not supposed to be any lazy Christians. Think on that…