Works Required


What good are religious beliefs if you aren’t helping those in need?

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Luke 8:20-21  

Jesus was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you. He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


Jesus certainly loved his family as he loved all people…so this comment should not be construed as disrespecting them.

He’s exaggerating to make a point: You aren’t doing your part in the body of Christ by only hearing the word of God.

That’s not enough.

You must act on it.

The Word of God calls on us to love all people, to serve those who are in need as well as to speak out against oppression.

Simply believing doctrine or going to church without putting your faith into action is virtually meaningless.

“Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).


Jesus had specific instructions in regard to taking action: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

The time for action is now.


Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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