Last week my husband and I were chatting about the book of James. Specifically these verses…
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away,he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1: 23-27 NASB
They call us to live out our faith. To become doers, putting our faith into action, action that is effectual in the lives of others.
I began to list out to him friends who were doing just that. Friends who are living out their faith in orphan care, foster care, special needs care, even refugee care. I proceeded to tell him how I wanted to highlight each of them in our women’s study next year.
Then he said this, “What are you doing?”
I defended myself, “My part is telling their stories.”
“Oh, Okay,” He nods
The air between us gets thick and quiet.
End of conversation, but those words… What Are You Doing? They have been ringing in my ears, hounding me ever since.
I had a long conversation with myself, well it was more of a doing list.
- I lead Women’s Ministries
- I teach Bible Study
- I serve on a few Boards
Then I look again into the mirror of God’s perfect Word and I clearly see my imperfections:
Am I an effective doer?
Am I doing because it meets my own selfish emotional needs?
Am I doing for those who cannot do back?
Am I doing sacrificially?
Am I doing for those who are in distress?
Am I worried that doing will be messy, hard and emotional?
I have known for awhile what I am called to do, but you see, it involves all of the above.
I have found myself in the wrong group, I have joined in with all of the talkers.
Talking is everywhere, turn on your TV, your radio, you social media outlets. We are all so busy thinking and giving our opinions, but who is doing?
Who are the ones that their hands and feet speak more than their mouths? I want to join that club, no… I am going to to join that club.
Let me ask you my friend, the question that stopped me in my tracks…
What are you doing?