Faith without works is dead

James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” I have noticed that most Christians want to tell people that they will pray for them, but turn away if somebody needs a favor or a helping hand. Prayer is necessary, but God expects us to be there for others. When people walk into your church for the first time, they usually have a need. We must try our best to help them with that need.

One thing I have seen a lot in churches is people gossiping and staying in their clicks, almost to the point of not accepting others in as part of the family of God. I have, many times, felt like an outsider at church. I still went because it’s not about the people, it’s about our Lord and Savior. They are not going to stop me from worshipping God. But, I have to admit, it has been really hard to go week after week and feel like I wasn’t a part of the church.

So, I started withdrawing and trying not to get involved with others because it hurt me when they rejected me . I can honestly say that there is a church out there that will accept you as you are. Sometimes it takes time to find that place, but God will direct you there. I finally found a church that almost forced me to be a part of the group. I really liked that, but at the same time, I didn’t know how to respond. I was so used to be shunned, that when people started pursuing me and honestly wanted me to join them, I was apprehensive. I did step out and became a part of my church family. It feels really good.

Try to be the kind of Christian to keep on and on showing others that they belong in God’s family. Sometimes, especially introverts, can be ok with being outsiders. But they will probably stop going to church because it’s easier to stay home and be alone than be alone in a crowded sanctuary. God doesn’t want us to be outsiders and to treat others as outsiders. We need to step up and be the Christians that others need to encounter instead of acting like somebody without the Spirit of God living inside of them. Our works (and deeds) should compel others to want to know Jesus. If our works are not accomplishing that, then we are the problem.           

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