In Acts 1:8, Jesus told His disciples to be His witnesses in the city where they lived, in the surrounding territory and throughout the world. How are you and I doing today? We can begin with our family and our neighbors.
All of us have “reasons” why we are not getting it done. Our “reasons” are really excuses that probably are much like those Moses gave to God when he was commissioned to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery. Moses gave these reasons/excuses to God:
1-Who am I that I should go?
2-Suppose they will not believe me or listen to me?
3- I am not eloquent.
4-I am slow of speech and also of tongue.
5-What will I say?
Have you and I used these excuses or something like them?
Faith is more than a feeling and more than a belief. It includes action. The Apostle James is clear that faith requires action. (James 2:14-26) He concludes in this passage: “So faith without works is dead”.
An example of faith in action can be found in Joshua. The Jordan River was at flood stage. The people of Israel were instructed to cross over the river. Chapter 3:14-17 tells us what happened. They put their faith into action: 1- The priests carrying the Ark put their feet into the water, before the water stopped; then the flow stopped and rose in a heap up-stream. 2- Then the people of Israel walked over on dry ground. In my mind, this is a further miracle….no mud!
Let us put our faith into action. Let us plan to witness to someone today. No excuses, no waiting; just take a step of faith and let God clear the muddy waters and give us the words to say and the actions to take. Let’s do it right where we are!