There he sat in the closet waiting for his time. He was a complete puppet with arms, legs, mouth, nose, eyes, ears, hair and body. He had plenty of clothes and props. He was ready to go at any moment. Next to him sat his new friend, a Muppet. Muppets are a little different. Their eyes and noses and hair could be changed out quickly to make them look like a whole different Muppet. Though the Muppet did not have legs it was still really cool. He liked having a friend to hang out in the closet with.
On the table sat the Bible. The worn look of the fake leather cover showed that it had been read almost every day for years. It had even been replaced by a newer bible but the owner liked the original and did not want to give up its worn pages for the new one. There were prayer lists and prayers on papers inserted into the old bible and book marks in various places. There was even a read through the bible in a year booklet that lined out each days reading. This clearly belonged to someone who had faith.
But is faith enough? The puppet and Muppet are like faith. You can have them and all the bells and whistles but if they are never put on an arm and moved around and given a voice they just collect dust. The bible is an awesome tool that can build faith and help a person grow but if its words don’t affect daily life is it helpful?
James 2:14-26 (NKJV)
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? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
So it is time to take the puppet and Muppet out of the closet and use them. It is time to take that faith that you built and go out and share it with the world. It is time to take a stand by going out and sharing what you know with those who need to know it.
In a world filled with horrible crimes against faith in Jesus and we cannot sit back and ignore what is happening. We must take the faith that we have built and share with others so they can have faith and share, so that when our lives are over God can say:
Matthew 25:23 (NKJV)
23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Enjoy your week sharing what you know with those around you. I will be back next week with more.