"Some people say, 'You have faith but I have deeds.' Show me your faith without doing anything and I will show you my faith by what I do." James 2:18
"If you love me you will obey me." John 14:15
Action Steps are where we walk out our faith. It is impossible to have faith without doing anything or put another way, if you have faith you do something.
I occasionally have a problem wondering if what I am thinking about doing is really what God wants me to do or if I just made it up or am dreaming too big or something. I am not afraid of hard work, but risk and I are not good friends. So, of course, God hooks me in to some big ideas because He wants to come alongside me and be my hero.
Not so long ago I started my own Coach Training business. I had a lot of the needed traits to be successful but was clearly missing a necessary piece. I am hard working and self-motivated. I love writing curriculum and am a pretty good teacher in small group settings (if I do say so myself), but I stink at marketing…. For the first couple of years I was doing something else on the side. I worked for a missions organization for a year and raised support for that (go Campus Target) and then I volunteered for a couple years helping my beloved alma mater Elim Bible Institute with a restructuring they were going through. This required way more than half my time and the second year I got a small stipend. Raising support, volunteering or getting a stipend are not your typical side things to do while launching a new business, but God knew exactly what I needed. During that season I was rather busy to say the least, but I actually didn’t have time to worry or fuss about how I was going to get trainees to sign up. God showed up as my hero and drew the right people at the right times.
My now season continues to be tricky. I have a lot more available time and He is asking me to learn a new skill of marketing. I have faith that He is guiding me to continue my ministry and so I am leaning into it with action steps and am walking through Mike Kim’s Launch of Brand You! Am I confident this will all work out? In all honesty I can say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. ‘Yes’ in that God has proven Himself over and over and I know He loves to be my hero, but ‘no’ in that I have no confidence in myself as a marketer.
The good news is that my faith has actions. I am not just talking about doing something I am moving forward knowing that He is with me and will guide me every step of the way as long as I keep stepping!
What is your big dream?
Where to you need to make and take some action steps to walk out your faith?