James 2:14-26 Is one of those popular passages in the bible that many people seem to have read or heard at some point in their life. While there are so many good things that I could talk about with in those verses, I want to focus on verse 2:17, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
This morning I was thinking about all the different goals that I want to accomplish for next year and all the things that I want to be when I grow up, yep I just said that. I stumbled across a quick motivational video of a woman giving a speech about why she thinks people don’t ever achieve their dreams. Her response was so true for me that it made me want to sit down and write about it. (I’m paraphrasing now, but it’s the basic gist of what she said.)
She said that fear is a reason, doubt and other things like finance and lack of opportunities, but the main reason she thought people’s dreams were never realized is because we wait so long with the perfect idea and never take action. Finally, that they just run out of time to do them. Ladies, that is exactly what happens to our dreams if we don’t go after them…we die with them in or heart! After I heard what she said I decided right then that I didn’t want to die with all my dreams in my heart. However, it’s so easy to say that I want to go after my dreams, but it can be very hard to do.
I have been very open about some of my fears and the main reasons why I waited so long to start my blog or to write my book. Being vulnerable and transparent is not easy, but it’s so necessary to help others conquer their fears. Although, I didn’t start out trying to do that, I was just trying to get through my proverbial check-list of must do’s. I think because I finally took the leap of faith and did a handful of the things I thought I could never do, but the thrill from achieving my goals made me complacent.
I was talking to my husband and just telling him some things that I would like to do and basically day dreaming out loud. Then he proceeded to tell me that I need to stop wishing and hoping and start doing something to make it happen. I was naturally a little offended because, well who isn’t when the truth slaps them in the face? He began to tell me that Faith without works is dead, and that if I want something to happen I have to do more than just pray for it, I have to put a plan into action.
Honestly folks, I’m more comfortable praying for it and believing God for it to happen, than I am taking action. I don’t know why that is, but thankfully I married a man who is a doer. He pushes me to act no matter how much I kick and scream because in his heart he knows that faith without actions/work is dead. F.Y.I. I also have a rough time making decisions!
If you notice in the scripture it says that faith is dead if it is alone. It takes more than just faith, as much as I hate to admit that. The facts are right there in the verse. We can not expect to have what we are believing, hoping, or praying for if we are not willing to do some amount of work. Now, as with anything I would advise you to pray about what that work is and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The work could be to believe, like Jesus told the disciples in John:6:29, or it could be to go and take action like he told the children of Israel when they were finally ready to go into the Promise Land.
I came to a crossroads and I had to decide if I was going to put action with my faith or just let all my hopes and dreams die. I chose action! I confess it will be a challenge for me to just put myself out there and work on going after what I hope to have someday, but I don’t want to die with potential! I want to do everything that God created me to do and I want to be the woman that my daughters admire most.
I want to hear from you ladies in the comments about the moment you realized that faith without works was dead. Have you ever been apprehensive about taking the next step to meet your goals? Do you have goals that seem too big for you to ever really achieve? Let’s talk about it in the comments.