We all know this theologically to be a true statement, but how are we living it out in everyday life? James, the half-brother of Jesus and writer of the New Testament Book of James is so hot on this issue that he repeats it several times in James 2. For him, a head knowledge or faith in Christ is insufficient, un-saving faith. Believing in a set of doctrinal statements is not genuine faith. If God is love and tells us to love our neighbour as ourself and we don’t, then how can we call ourselves “followers of Jesus.”
I challenge each of us this week to do a stock-take of our “random acts of kindness.” What have we done in the last week for a fellow human being that has cost us and that we don’t expect anything back from in return? Each time we offer practical help to someone in need, Jesus says it’s as if we are doing it for Him. If we are intentionally seeking God’s will then the love of God should ooze out of our pores. When we help people, just because we can, we witness the Kingdom of God. We live in a harsh ‘dog-eats-dog’ world in many ways, but caring for that created world has been tasked to us by God. A little bit of kindness goes a long way towards someone’s desire for Jesus. Taking someone along that road is so worth it don’t you think?