I recently tweeted the following:
“@derrickEngoy: We have a tendency to fall in love with the study of Scripture, but do nothing about what we’re learning. #spiritualapathy”
Jesus, in John 5, commented on the religious leaders’ habit of studying the Scriptures and dissecting its richness, yet failing to see who the Scriptures were pointing at. In a nutshell, the Messiah was staring the people dead in the eyes and they still couldn’t tell it was Him.
I was reminded, after reading this passage, of how we, as Christians, have fallen so in love with the study of Scriptures too and the presentation of the Scriptures through Sunday sermons and keynote conference speakers, yet we rarely allow the Words to translate in our lives. We hoard the goodness to ourselves and are quick to share its truths with fellow believers, but we fail to live out the very passages we’re glorifying where others need it most.
Please don’t hear what I’m not saying, but following Jesus is all about doing good. All throughout the Gospels, we find Jesus backing up His words with actions that pointed to His compassionate heart. In the water into wine story, Jesus saved the married couple from embarrassment by providing the best wine known to man. In the healing of the 38-year invalid, Jesus didn’t leave the guy to fend for himself. He fixes the man’s legs. In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus didn’t send the crowds away hungry. He fed them.
I’m not saying our good works count us worthy for eternity. I am saying that because we know eternity through Jesus good works ought to follow–not just a good talk.
Instead of telling our fellow believers how great Jesus was for embracing the woman caught in the act of adultery, we should be more quick to love those who others (including other Christians) have mistreated. Instead of getting our Christian brothers and sisters pumped up at the fact that Jesus healed a young boy on his death bed, we should go visit our sick uncle in the hospital and pray for his healing. And instead of marveling at Jesus’ work to feed thousands of hungry people, next time, let’s not turn away that homeless beggar and actually treat him or her to a meal.
Jesus didn’t just talk a good talk. He actually did something about dire situations.
If only I did more than simply just talking about Jesus to my fellow Christians. If only we, as Christians, did more to show the love of Jesus instead of religiously attend our Bible studies and Sunday services.
Imagine how different and, perhaps, healed this world could be.
How about you?