For those of you who don't know, I teach the mid week bible study for our group and we just started back up this week after taking a break over the holidays. As I was studying this past week to teach on the "One Another's" of the New Testament, I ran into this verse:
"For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."
- Galatians 5:6
It's not the first time I've run into or read this verse but it gave me pause this week. It made me stop and think about when the last time was that I deliberately expressed my faith in this way. It's one thing to love people every day as a way of life but it's a totally different thing to express our faith through love.
What do I mean? To start understanding that you have to go to Luke, chapter 10. Jesus sends out seventy two disciples and tells them to do some cooky things and when they're asked for a reason he instructs them to answer by saying "The kingdom of God has come near to you." (that's all paraphrased, of course) When was the last time you did that? When was last time you did something for someone (cooky or otherwise) and when asked for a reason why your reply was "because God loves you and wanted me to" or "God told me to" or "because the kingdom of God has come near to you"?
That's my challenge to you for the next week or so. Do something for someone out of love and when asked why say "because the kingdom of God has come near to you.' Express your faith through love. God has given you PLENTY of room for expression!