Jesus tells us in the gospels to “do”. “Jesus went about doing good” (Acts 10 v 38). He told us to: shine, forgive, love everyone, take up your cross, follow, come, go, give, make disciples, pray and fast privately, to watch and pray, to resist temptation, to bear one another’s burdens, have compassionate love for one another and our neighbour (eg. parable of the good Samaritan).
- In Matthew 25 vs 35-36 Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, entertain strangers, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit prisoners.
- Matthew 5 v 16 “So men may see the good you do and glorify your heavenly Father”.
- 2 Timothy 3 v 17 “All scripture is God inspired … to make a man of God proficient and equip him for good works of every kind.” Therefore we should study the bible to equip us to do good works.
- James 1 v 20 “Faith without deeds to show is dead”.
Therefore I conclude that we should read and listen to God’s word, but must show our faith by good works.