“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17
James makes another strong statement to the people. Many of the people were evidently stating that they had great faith in God, but were refusing to do any good deeds. They were being “holy” unto God and not into “legalistic” actions, so they would not do good deeds, their “faith” was enough. James bluntly states that if there is no action, that kind of faith is dead.
Times have not changed the way some people think. There are many in the church who are believers in Jesus, yet, they do not do anything. They refuse to teach Sunday School, clean the church, help a neighbor, feed the poor, visit the sick, help the orphans, or just be a good friend to a non-believer.
Some of these people had done all those things in the past and now state that they are done, they have done their work. Others, just refuse to do it saying that their faith in God is enough. They are focused on caring for themselves.
It has been said that doing good deeds is being legalistic. This is true if you are doing them to earn your salvation. You cannot earn your salvation, but you can do something with it. It is saying thanks to God for what He has done by passing it on to someone else. God helped you, now you can help someone else.
God wants all believers to love everyone. Loving people means helping them, putting them first, meeting their needs. You cannot do everything, but you can do something.
Just speaking the words that you believe in Jesus is enough to be saved, but what are you doing with your salvation?
Are you hoarding everything to yourself?
Or are you passing it on to others?
Don’t allow your faith to be dead. Seek God and ask Him what you can do to show your faith to others. What actions can you do to make a difference in someone else’s life today?
I pray today that God will reveal to you what type of faith you have; that God will show you ways to put your faith into action; that God will bless your work you do for Him; and that you will trust God to meet all of your needs as you meet the needs of others.