“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless.” (James 2:15–21)
You’re surrounded by opportunities to use your T3 (talents, treasure, time) to honor God. The question is, do you notice those opportunities? Are you paying attention to what God might be doing around you? True faith needs to be expressed, it cannot be silenced. Does your faith cry out?
Think about some issues that really get you heated? Child Abuse, World Hunger, AIDs, Poverty, Divorce, Homelessness, Bullying, etc. Whatever it is – do you really want to make a difference? Sure, you can’t single-handedly solve these huge issues, but you CAN make a difference! Here’s how:
1. Begin with prayer! If you aren’t prayerfully asking God to show you opportunities to serve Him by serving others, then you aren’t going to notice when those opportunities arise. That sounds pretty simple – but it’s a truth that most of us don’t practice.
2. Examine Your Sphere of Influence. Who’s in your classes, on your team, in your family, in your group of friends, etc. who would use a measure of God’s love today? Thinking about “Big Issues” is good, but making a difference starts where you’re at today… so think about the people who’s lives intersect with yours and prayerfully ask God how you can use your talents, treasure, and time to show them how great Christ’s love for them is.
3. Do it! Demonstrate love, kindness, and compassion. I remember one of my theology professors saying, “All good theology ends in ethics.” Knowing what the Bible teaches is absolutely essential in loving God, but all that knowledge doesn’t make a difference in how you treat other people then you’re seriously missing something. God loves people… we should too. Don’t just talk about it and pray about it… DO IT!