PUT YOUR FAITH TO WORK
I want to continue with this discussion on faith because it is so important that we understand it. Faith, without works, is dead. Faith is an action word — that means that it is not enough to talk about how much faith we have, but we must show that our faith is working by the way we walk. We walk by faith and not by sight. We must learn to trust God, even when we do not know where He is taking us. Our faith in God should allow us to walk with Him. There may be roadblocks and detours along the way, but faith in God will help us to continue what we started. In James 2:17,we find these words:
“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
The writer indicates that there is no value in saying we have faith, but our actions do not show that we do. That kind of faith cannot save anyone. The writer gives examples in verse 15 saying, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Goodbye and have a good day… but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” It has no value. James makes clear that we cannot show our faith if we don’t do good deeds. James’ testimony, in verse 18 is, “I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” Prayerfully, each of us will show our faith by doing good deeds.