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James 2:14-17

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Faith Without Works….

What good is faith if it doesn’t lead us to action?

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  -James 2:14-17, NAB

Faith without works is dead.  What does that mean?  It means that a faith that is truly alive will inspire us to make a difference in the world around us.  We will not profess God’s name with our lips on Sunday and do nothing about it the rest of the week.  Our faith will lead us to something more.

Truly, faith that is dead is one of the great plagues on Christianity.  The pews are filled with apathetic Christians who want Christ’s grace and mercy yet fail to show it to others.  They want Christ to work miracles in their lives but are unwilling to be the miracle in someone else’s.

Some will misinterpret this idea and believe that we need to somehow earn our salvation.  This isn’t about that.  This verse is simply saying that our faith should lead us to action.  If we truly have faith in our hearts, it should lead to an outpouring of love seen in the way we help the world around us.

If we love Christ, can we really do nothing to help feed His starving children?  If we love Christ, do we look away when we see someone in need?  If we love Christ, can we ignore the sick who are in desperate need of love and healing?

Faith should inspire us to do something.  For each one of us, that something is completely different.  Some will reach out to feed the poor.  Others will care for the sick and elderly.  Still others will make it their mission to continue spreading the faith.  Whatever Christ compels you to do, the key is to just do it.

Faith without works is dead.  Do not profess Christ’s name with your lips and deny Him by your deeds.  Let your faith lead you to action.  If more Christians got out of the pews and began working for Christ, the world would be a much better place.

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