“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” — Matthew 22:37-38
If you want to get a good test of how strong your faith is, then ask yourself what your life looks like. How is your faith showing up?
Recently, a group of guys and I have been going through the book of James, studying what God has to say to us through His people in the early Church. One of the concepts that has been made so clear to me, and really convicted me, is the idea of your faith being intertwined with your works.
These two really are inseparable. When we start thinking about specific needs of those around us, we need to take action. But that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing we do. The most important aspect of this is to love people. God’s Word says that the greatest thing we could do on this earth is to love God and love people.
We’re going against the grain here because this is not the norm. Nor is it natural for us to do. We can’t assume there is some sort of a quota we need to reach in order for our deeds to match up with our faith. That’s not the point. This is about a lifestyle change. It’s not about how to work best and do more. God calls us to be still in His presence to enjoy who He is and what He’s given us.
One of the men I know who models this is Rudy. He was a special operator with the Marines, then was a cop, and now he’s a follower of Jesus who isn’t afraid to be dangerous. Rudy once corrected me when I told him to “stay safe.” He looked at me like I was crazy and said “Now where exactly in the Bible does God tell us to live safely? How about we go be dangerous for Jesus?” I couldn’t argue! Rudy and his family have now been using their lives to save people from sex trafficking through their organization which they call SERT Ministries. They do so with so much joy and love. All the times I’ve been able work with his team, I can’t help but notice there is a peace about him and a deep trust in Jesus that’s so attractive. It makes me want to do life with him and absorb what it is he embodies. He’s also has no problem being transparent about things he needs prayer for and how he wants to grow closer to God.
We often try to be the person who has it all together, or the tough guy. But the more we decide to live on mission for God, the less we will care what others think about us. When we put our eyes on Christ and His purposes, we notice our clock on this earth ticking down and it’s then when we can say, “I’m holding nothing back.”
That’s who I want to be — the guy who holds nothing back. I’m going to choose to say yes to Jesus instead of my desire to do any other thing. Once you start doing this, you start to see the value in it and the change in your own life. Relationships change and you gain more transparency with the Lord. He’s just waiting for us to start making our move.
— Adam LaRoche, former MLB player
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