The photo to the left is a recent one of my dad and me. My dad taught me to do. Get a job! Cut the grass! Do Something! It didn’t kill me to have to DO at a young age. It built character and a work ethic in me.
I have to ask the question which of the follow carries the most power? What I THINK, How I FEEL, or how I ACT. Some high THINKING individuals would say that they are all connected. Are they? They might say that all three carry the same amount of weight of importance. Do They?
Let’s use a story from the Bible to weigh out the matter. You will have to excuse me in the fact that with this story I must read between the lines. I’m not creating doctrine by adding to scripture. I am merely using my imagination to wonder if.
Matthew chapter 14 tells the story. The disciples are in a boat and it’s dark, “shortly before dawn,” and Jesus approaches the boat, walking on the water. It scared the disciples because they thought He was a ghost or something. So, Peter says, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water,” to which Jesus replied, “Come.”
This is where my imagination kicks in so bear with me. Not wanting to be outdone James and John are considering a walk on the water right along with Peter. James says, “I THINK a walk on the water is highly possible since Jesus is doing it and He said to come. John says, “I FEEL something powerful in the air, I FEEL goose bumps all over my body. I just FEEL as though I should walk on the water to Jesus.
While James is talking about what he Thinks and John is talking about what he feels, Peter is already in the process of climbing over the side of the boat and putting his feet on the water.
Which one carries the most weight; Thinking, Feeling or Doing? Two Thousand years later James and John are not even mentioned by name in this story.
You can talk about what your going to do but until you put actions to your words it’s just words. You can expound upon what you feel but until you put your feelings into motion with some action you’ve accomplished nothing.
James 2:14 – 20
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
It applies to everything.
What do you think?