14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
I encourage you to take advantage of the spiritual feast around you. You will be enriched, you will be inspired, you will meet others struggling on the same path... but if you never open up your heart and let God shape you, it doesn't matter! Put that faith into action!