“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

– James 2:17

Are you a person of action? While I know there are probably a few of you reading this who would say that you are impulsive and jump quickly to do something without thinking it through, I’m willing to bet that many of you would say that more often than not, you err on the side of caution. 

You see, in my experience, people of faith tend to spend too much time thinking, pondering, and reasoning about things in their lives that really need to be changed through decisive action. Unfortunately, what frequently happens is that out of boredom, laziness, or the inability to say no to one thing in order to say yes to another, we don’t make any decision(s) at all. While there is certainly a case for contemplating and prayerfully considering a course of action, those things should never become an excuse for not doing anything. From my perspective (having heard many stories through the years), if you’re going to bend the stick in one direction or the other, bend it towards action; be a person who is biased towards doing stuff. This really can make all the difference!

Friend, Jesus took action, and that means you should too! He didn’t just preach to people about doing things, he actually did them; He fellowshipped, He taught, He healed, He prayed, He laughed, and He wept. It’s good to know things, but it’s even better to put what you know into practice, just like your Savior did. Step out in faith today, make a move in action, and I am confident that Jesus will meet you there. When you do what you can, He is ready, willing, and able to do what you can’t. Isn’t that wonderful news? 


Jesus, please show me where I can take action today and empower me by your Spirit to do it. 


In which area of your life do you most need to take action? What is one small thing you can do in the next few days to start moving in the right direction?

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One Response

  1. “When you do what you can, He is ready, willing, and able to do what you can’t.”

    A classic!

    It’s right up there with:

    “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

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