James 2; Jeremiah 23-24; Psalm 130
It is a continuous struggle among Christians. Is our relationship with God based on our faith or is it based on our works: doing the good things that make God like us. James reminds us that our faith should lead to a changed life. Our faith should lead us to a life that serves others and ministers in amazing ways. Our faith should lead to those good works. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14) He also said that the way to show that you have faith is through your works. True faith in God will result in a changed life. That changed life should show evidence of our faith. There are some who seem to think that to have faith means that God has been focusing all that He has done on us so that we can accept His grace and then sit back and not let it change us. If we truly have faith that God has come into our lives; if we truly have faith that God wants a relationship with us; if we truly have faith that Jesus paid the price for our sins; can we really think that God did all that so that we could sit around and watch TV or surf the internet in peace? No! A thousand times No! Most of us would at least pay lip service to the idea that we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth today. Jesus, when He walked this earth, worked and ministered every where He went. If we truly have faith, it will make a difference in how we live; if we truly have faith, the change in our lives should cause us to minister to and care for the people that Jesus would if He were walking this earth today. The challenge that James issued when he wrote his letter still applies today: you show me your faith without your works; I’ll show you my faith by my works.
Lord, continue to change me. Give me a heart to work in this world that You love just like Jesus would be working today. Help me to see the needs of those around me and then let me be Your hands and feet.