Yesterday, James began a discussion about Abraham, using him to illustrate the relationship between faith and works. Today he continues that discussion…
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; (James 2:22)
Abraham’s life was a good example of our series title: “Faith in Action!” Abraham was not saved by his works; he was saved by a faith that resulted in works. His was a genuine faith that led to action.
I like how James says that his faith was completed by his works. A faith that doesn’t lead to godly action is missing something – it’s sort of like a firecracker that fizzles but doesn’t pop. It makes some noise, but it doesn’t light up the sky for all around to enjoy.
James 1:1-4 taught us that trials teach us perseverance, and perseverance makes us mature and complete. In our Christian walk, completeness is linked with maturity. In other words, the more we grow in our faith, the more our works will complete our Christian testimony. We will not just be people who talk the talk, but we will also walk the walk – showing the world a complete picture of what a Christian is supposed to be.
Today’s Good News is that complete Christians have an active faith.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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