True religion does not fit with favouritism or snobbery! James 2: 1My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
True religion cannot exist on faith alone; faith without acts is not enough. James 2: 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Be sure that you are recognized for your faith by your actions!
God raises us up to new levels in Him. He looks at our potential; our destiny that He has planned for each of us. That’s how we should look at each other. You never know whom you are talking to; the next Billy Graham, apostle, pastor, evangelist, teacher? Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers, for through it, some have entertained angels without knowing it. Show no favouritism; let your actions demonstrate your faith and let your Christian spirit shine forth!
True religion begins with your own tongue. We need to bridle our tongues, help and care for the less fortunate, and keep ourselves uncontaminated by the world. True religion requires that we get rid of wickedness, be doers of the Word and not merely listen to it, and then we shall be blessed in the doing!
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek dressed himself as a homeless person and went to the large church where he was to be introduced as head pastor that morning. Only 3 people said hello to him. He asked for money to buy food; no-one gave him money. He was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back of the church. He greeted people, to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks.
The elders were excited to introduce the new pastor to the congregation. The congregation looked around, clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped. He walked up the altar, took the microphone and told them what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry, and heads were bowed in shame. He said, “Today I see a gathering of people,not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will you decide to become disciples?”
Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others. Be sure that you are a Christian known for your Christian actions, not for the fact that you tell people you are a Christian!