Others Will Know of Your Faith by Your Works

Scripture: James 2.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

James 2:14 (NLT)
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?

James 2:17 (NLT)
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

James 2:26 (NLT)

26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

As I read this passage of scripture I thought about someone standing on one side of the road looking towards the other side, which is really where they have a desire to go. They could have all the faith in the world that they could cross the road safely, but unless they put the first step in that direction, faith alone will never get them to the other side. So it is with our faith in Christ. Our initial faith led us to salvation. After accepting Jesus as Lord, our ongoing faith in Him will lead to actions that mirror what Jesus did while here on this earth. He was busy ministering to the poor and hurting and to those that needed hope. In our Christian walk we may come across some of the best people in the world, but deep inside they are hurting for someone who cares, and a future that would be more fulfilling and promising for them. When our faith is revealed through our actions, we exude a caring attitude for those around us and, in spite of our worldly challenges, we rejoice in the fact that come what may here on this earth, we have a future secured with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for that reason we can rejoice each and every day. So Christian friend, allow others to see your faith in action and not the worldly challenges that may keep you down. Let them see Jesus in you! To my friend that may not have accepted Jesus as Lord yet, let me assure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel for children of the King. For in spite of our earthly challenges we have a Savior who loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to suffer a criminal’s death so that those of us that accept Him as Lord won’t have to suffer the penalty of eternal death in Hell, but life everlasting with Jesus. This same life giving joy and decision is available to you, friend! Why not reconsider your options today and choose life eternally with Jesus? Feel free to speak with your evangelical pastor today, or contact me at the email below for further information or to direct you in making this very important decision.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, there is so much in this world that will bring us down. Thank You for one day saving me of my sin and showing me a better way, a way of hope and joy. Thank You for reminding me this morning of the importance in expressing my faith through my actions so that others may catch a glimpse, through human means, the love that You have for them. Please speak to the hearts of Your people today. Please soften hard hearts and work through Your messengers to lead these folk to a better way – life where Jesus is in charge of our destiny. May others be aware of You love through my actions today.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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