First of all, I have to apologise for my lack of blogging over the past couple of weeks. I’d love to say that I have a proper excuse and that I was too busy with exams or whatever, but the truth is that the reason I’ve been so unproductive is a mixture of procrastination, forgetfulness and downright laziness.
With that off my chest, let’s get back to business. This is only going to be a short one, because the message I have in mind is something that I feel shouldn’t need too much elaboration. That message is simple: an encouragement to do something to bless someone.
James has some pretty hard-line things to say in chapter 2 of the book that bears his name. ‘What good is it’, he asks, ‘If someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?’ Even more strongly, he says that ‘faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead’. Pretty uncompromising stuff, right? James goes on to write that Abraham’s ‘faith was made complete by what he did’.
To my mind, you don’t need to carry out a complex exegesis to realise what James is encouraging us to do. Get out there and show that you love God by blessing someone. What does blessing look like? Well I suppose that it really depends on the person and the situation. For someone, a friendly Tweet in their direction might be enough to put a smile on their face when they really didn’t feel like smiling. For another, it might be something more hands-on, like going and fixing their broken bookshelf.
I’m not saying that we should all try to help everyone with everything. We simply don’t have the skills to do so. There’s no point ‘fixing’ someone’s shelf if you’re hopeless at DIY; that’s only going to worsen the situation. My point is that there are always things we can do if we keep our eyes open.
An idea that my church small group are hopefully going to carry out is going to the city centre with a load of food and giving it out for free. It’s simple and doesn’t take a lot of organisation, but hopefully it’ll put a smile on someone’s face and improve their day. That’s just one idea, but it’s things like that that might just give you an opportunity to simply do something good for people (well, it’s debatable how good for people the food we’ll be giving out will actually be…there are limits on the healthiness of chocolate and cakes).
There are little opportunities everywhere to show your faith by your deeds and make a real difference in someone’s life, so keep your eyes open, and get blessing!