You ask: 'how does mowing your neighbour's lawn show your faith?' I am not able to mow my own lawn because of a serious heart condition. I can't vacuum and mop the floors of my house because of exhaustion that could precipitated a heart attack. I've had 5 open heart, valve replacement surgeries as a result of 3 bouts of childhood rheumatic fever. A Christian who offers to do this for me is practising his faith through his works.
How will Christians be judged at the end of time?
31 “The Son of Man will come in all his glory. All the angels will come with him. Then he will sit in glory on his throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate the people into two groups. He will be like a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep to his right and the goats to his left.
34 “Then the King will speak to those on his right. He will say, ‘My Father has blessed you. Come and take what is yours. It is the kingdom prepared for you since the world was created. 35 I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. 36 I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' (Matt 25:31-40 NIRV).
Good works demonstrate genuine faith. They are not what brings us to faith and earns us salvation.
yes it is part of it have you fed the homeless ? Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, Colossians 3:23 i seriously doubt they got on the phone and called the local pastor saying look what i done or asked the lady to call the newspaper . mercy i could never be a moderator i get fed up with Bologna to easy
The point is even sinners do the same. But Jesus said, to enter the kingdom, our righteousness has to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees and the scribes.
So Jesus said, to be sons of God, we must love our enemy and do good to those who hate us. He said we should forgive men their trespasses so our trespasses should be forgiven. There are many such sayings to teach us what to do, how to pray, where to pray (in secret), how to fast (wash your face and anoint your head that your fasting may not be seen by men), what to treasure (the word of God).
So before you start doing good deeds, seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God.
If you think Janes is in heresy when said pure religion is this that the we take care of the fatherless,the poor and the widows .kindly ask or Tell God he is wrong.in my state grasd uncut will after a month draw all manner of snakes and some are poisonous. Sheesh blessING my neighbor by cutting his yard is something I never would have inagined.ya know I have a rekiable,proven during irma of sinner friends by large who aided me aND I them.now then imagine a church doing that and to our neighbour's and how that sets the example of Christ and also the chance of telling the lost.
[Quote ]preach the Gospel,and If necessary use words [/quote] st.Francis of assisi.I know of a Godly man who until after I was told didn't know he waa saved.his example of Christ was training his two sons to be caring they helped me a few times without being asked .they simply walk my area to exercise and are known to be good kids.
Let your light be shone so that men will Glorify the father in heaven. Loving the lost in the manner of meeting physical needs is an example Jesus set.
Taking care of my lawn is part of taking care of my property where I live. It is related to caring for the totality of my personhood. If my lawn grows up around my ears, what kind of danger will that represent around my house in the humidity, rain and cyclones of SE Qld in the summer.
Ever heard of mice, rats, ants, and snakes inhabiting the mulch provided by long grass?
You must be kidding when you try to separate caring for me from caring for the exterior of my house - the grass.
I hope you learn what caring for the whole person means.