Acts 3:12 “And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”
Armchair quarterbacks – those who by observation, speak as experts on a certain subject.
Because many of us have read our Bibles, we know of the promises, the miracles, and the power the Word of God possesses. We can quote passages that pertain to the exact circumstance. We can relate truths we’ve heard preached.
But how many of us have used the Word of God to lead a lost soul to Christ? How many have mentored a brother or sister in bondage to some sin? How many have taken someone under their wing to disciple them and see them through the rough patches and help them grow?
We must take heed to the knowledge we gain. For if it is not used or applied, we will become prideful, desiring only to display what we know and not show the power of it to others.
1 Corinthians 8:1 “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
The knowledge of ‘how to’ is only as good as the display of it to teach that very truth.
In parenting, if we use the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do,” we will raise children who will learn to disrespect authority, be self-centered, and unable to grasp what it is to be submissive or humble. But when the children see the parents follow what they teach, it solidifies the truth with action.
If we teach that Jesus can save lost sinners but do nothing to display that to those around us, we will become a social club; not a church. When the commands of God are not only taught but put forth as positive peer pressure to the body of Christ, all are convicted when they are not on board with what the pastor and staff are teaching and preaching.
The giving of tithes and offerings is a command of God.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Attendance to church, again, a command.
Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
James addressed this very truth to the church.
James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Once we establish that faith works, then giving proper credit where credit is due follows.
I know who I am and of what I am capable. So, when there are people helped by my teaching or preaching, it most certainly is God who has done it – not me. I must give Him the proper credit. In telling others, I am exhibiting my faith to show that it was not I, but God, that drew that lost soul to put their trust in Him.
It was God that revealed that truth to their heart. It was the Holy Spirit who brought you to an understanding; who opened your eyes to the truth.
Peter pointed to Jesus when confronted by the crowd about the man healed. He then came right to the point:
Acts 3:16 “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
We, who are the saved, children of God, ought to do the same.
We will never know if God can and will use us if we do not put ourselves out there and try. Acting upon our faith builds our relationship with Him. Seeking His face and asking just what it is He desires for us to do for Him is a beautiful journey!
There is no higher life than living the life of faith guided by the Holy Spirit, doing the will and works that God before ordained for us to do.