by wesley hicks
Do you remember the club for steering wheels? It was a theft prevention tool that you would put on the steering wheel to prevent someone from jacking your ride while it was parked. The was this young man that was driving around an old timer and each time they would stop the old timer made the young man put the club on the steering wheel. The club was a bit tedious to put on but nonetheless the young man put on the club. Every single stop, the club had to be put on. To the store, the club, to the gas station, the club, to the park, the club, until one day they went to a friend’s home. The young man parked and the old timer said, the club, but the young man said, we are parked directly in front of the living room window, and the yard is gated in. Aren’t you a man of faith? Yes, said the old timer. Then can’t we just not put the club on? The old timer said, the club.
Moral to the story, having faith does not excuse us from taking action toward preventing what would be stolen from us.
James 2:14, 17, 26 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?….. 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
This matters in our recovery. Think about this, what is it that you are recovering from? What is it that has robbed you? Do you believe that Jesus wants more for you? The answer is without question YES, however it doesn’t mean that we have no part in the action.
Drugs or alcohol robbed you for far too long? Set up boundaries to prevent you from access to easy cash. Change your PPTs. Stop hanging at a dealer’s house. Have people in your life that are triggers? Drop them, you aren’t Jesus and they are not going to meet Him through your active addiction.
Sexual integrity issues robbing you of true intimacy in relationships and filling you with guilt and shame? Put down the smartphone, get an accountability app. Give your wife/husband your passwords and unlimited access to your phone. Move the computer to a common room. STOP Facebook stalking people of the opposite sex to satisfy yourself.
Relational pains robbed you? Make a list of requirements for future relationships. Stop treating people the way you have been treated and start treating people according to God’s design. You will not have healthier relationships until you begin to interact with people in a healthier way. You can believe that Jesus is going to change your life and put healthier relationships in you path. And he may even do that, but you will NOT experience the intimacy and joy it can bring if you keep acting like a turd. Healthier people don’t play with turds, children turds play with turds. You will either have relationships that are immature or toxic at best.
Our actions apart from heart transformation can help us temporarily, but when we partner our part with faith in Him then we will experience lasting change that will not only lead us in personal recovery but also in external impact. We will not only begin to see the hope in our own lives but we will see our lives overflowing with impact in the lives with others.
Faith without works is dead, and works without faith is temporary. Faith with works glorifies God, changes our lives, and transforms the people around us. Faith and works. No excuses.