Please! A Little Less Lip And A Little More Grip: Faith without works is dead!
“14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[d]works, and I will show you my faith by my[e] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[f] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[g] And he was called the friend of God.24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
When I think about faith I am reminded of a story from 7 years ago. I was a freshman in college and I was introduced to a conference called IMPACT conference. It sounded very interesting but I just was not sure if I wanted to go. As time was winding down I finally decided to go at the last minute. Being a freshman I would have gotten a major discount if I had registered prior to the due date. However, when I made the decision to finally go it was already too late.
So what I decided to do was to contact the person over registration to see if I could get the same freshman rate although I was late. I sent her an email and told her my story and reasons for deciding so late and I mentioned in the email that I was standing on faith that I would still be able to get the freshman rate.
She didn’t respond right away and I didn’t want to be later than I already was so I went ahead and registered and paid the deposit fee to hold my spot. I went ahead and paid because although she hadn’t emailed and said yes, I still believed that when she did finally reply she would say yes.
Sure enough a few days later I get a call from her and she said yes! It wasn’t just a simple “Ok sure” thing either. She took time and talked to me and said that the only reason she said yes was because she saw that I went ahead and paid my deposit and that showed her that I truly was going to stand on faith and take the first step. I am convinced that if I had not went ahead and paid the deposit, she would have said no. Why? Because I would have had nothing to show that my faith was real…an action behind my words. I took action on my faith and it was honored and looked upon as pleasing.
I love this passage above because it supports my example here very well. As verse 22 is basically saying…your talk of faith is not worth much unless it is backed with action/works.
Don’t tell me you have faith if you are not DOING anything about that thing that you are having faith for! In Hebrews 11 all of those people mentioned that were deemed righteous for their faith DID SOMETHING to support their faith.
Don’t tell me your faith…show me your faith! Many times people will say, “do you see what I am saying” while they are talking and trying to explain something to you and that should truly be the case…we should SEE what you are SAYING.
∆ Phone God: Thank you Lord for increasing my faith and increasing my boldness to step out on my faith. I am aware God that the only way my faith will be strengthened is if I am placed in situations in which it is needed. So I thank you know for giving me opportunities to put action behind what I say and believe. I want my faith to be pleasing to you Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
∆ Chew on this:
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
- All of Hebrews 11
- “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[d]works, and I will show you my faith by my[e] works.” –James 2:18
∆ Ponder on this:
- What’s the worst that could happen to you if you stepped out on faith?! (see verses 35-38 of Hebrews 11…we do not have it nearly as bad so again I ask…What’s the worst that could happen?)
∆ Act on this:
- Faith requires action and movement so decide today to take that first step of faith!
[I found this blog post here by Kevin Adams to be very interesting and encouraging!]
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