Faith That Puts in the Work
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Can a person have a great faith and a real relationship with the Lord Jesus and not care if other Christians are naked and without food? James, the brother of Jesus, believed it is impossible. And he wasted no words in demanding change!
James insisted a Christian cannot simply brush a needy individual away by religiously saying, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but fail to give the clothing and food the person needs. Faith like that is worthless.
James was the kind of Christian who believed real faith always resulted in action that changed the individual’s life because real faith comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. If a Christian is genuinely following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, then this person will love and care for others.
The challenge is real. As a result, there is a question you must ask yourself over and over: Is my faith in the Lord Jesus making any real difference in my life and the lives of others, and if not, why not? Once that question is resolved, you have a decision to make. Will you spend your Christian life claiming a faith that makes no real difference? If that is your choice, then James was correct: faith that does not result in works is dead.
Dear Jesus, today in all my dealings with people and how I go about my day,
raise my awareness about what my life says about my faith in You. Amen.