James has been explaining that genuine faith is more than mere intellectual assent to the truths about Jesus. True faith is a dependence on Christ that leads to a new life and new actions…
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? (James 2:20)
This is one of those verses that need the verses that follow in order to get the big picture, so we will keep today’s lesson short. What I’d like to focus on today is James’ comment that faith apart from works is useless. A few days ago, we made reference to Ephesians 2:10. (If you don’t remember what that verse says, please look it up now.)
Jesus saved us because He loves us and wants to spend eternity with us. But He didn’t just save us to give us our free “ticket” to Heaven. He saved us so that we are now free to follow Him, carry on His work of the Gospel, and glorify Him with our lives. He saved us to be useful in His service. A useless faith does not benefit others, and it also does not benefit us. We should not want our lives to remain status quo after we come to Christ. We should want to grow and change for His honour and glory, and for our own good.
Today’s Good News is that a genuine faith is useful to God, useful to others, and even useful to us.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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