Yesterday, James began a conversation about faith and works. He is not teaching salvation by works – he is teaching salvation by a faith that works. He goes on to illustrate how our faith should lead to action…
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, (James 2:15)
James will continue building this scenario in tomorrow’s verse, but for today, let’s just focus on what is right in front of us.
We have a brother or sister who is (most likely) in financial need. Who are our brothers and sisters? They are our fellow Christians. James is not saying we should limit our help to believers. One of the best ways to share the Gospel with the unsaved world is to show them the love of Jesus in practical ways. However, we do have a special responsibility to our Christian family, and especially our own church family.
We cannot help everyone in need, but we can help the people whom God has placed in our care. We cannot pay everyone’s mortgage, but we can make sure that no one in our church family goes to bed hungry, or lacks the basic necessities of life.
Remember that in the first half of Chapter 2 James was talking about showing favouritism to the wealthy in the church, but despising the poor. If we really want to put our faith in action, we will seek to minister to all people in our church family, and that will include helping those in need.
Today’s Good News is that the Church has a wonderful opportunity to help people in need.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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