For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. - James 2:26
Faith versus works is a constant debate in Christianity. People choose a side when it benefits them the most. If I am in a situation where I notice my works don’t measure up, I will choose the faith side. If my works are good, I will choose the works side. This inconsistency does no good. Taking the advantage of one side or the other out of convenience puts me in control instead of God. There is a better way.
James makes it clear faith without works is useless. I can say, “I believe in God” or “I follow Jesus” or “I am a Christian” yet if my life doesn’t prove this, my faith is dead. Belief in God is not enough-unless it is expressed in behavior. I can say I love my wife. But there must be some action demonstrating this. Saying it isn’t enough. I can say I am committed to my job. If I never show up, my words mean nothing. I can say I follow Christ but if following does nothing to change my behavior that claim means nothing. There is no way to follow Jesus where behavior is not challenged. The disciples were asked to surrender. The apostle Paul changed his ways dramatically.
James' recipients were currently under persecution. His concern was they would be tempted to justify their behavior. When I face a trial, wrong actions are not justified. Regardless of what I am facing my belief in God should dictate what I do. May this be true today!
- Wild Man
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