Faith and Deeds
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
So much emphasis in the church has been placed on what we believe…and for good reason. Without FAITH, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. It’s impossible to please yourself too! Hebrews tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for”. Faith is the “evidence” or reality of what has not yet become reality. Like Jesus in Romans 4, we call things (in faith) that don’t exist as though they were already there. God’s desires…not our wants. How many times have we seen others in need and done what James said “go in peace…be warm…eat well…make good choices”. You can’t meet physical needs without doing something physically. Just speaking faith words isn’t enough. Faith that is not accompanied by action is…well, dead.
People say “well, I believe in Jesus”. So what! Even the demons BELIEVE. Actions do indeed speak louder than words in the domain of faithfulness. A person is considered righteous by faith inspired activity, not just faith-filled words. So increase your faith and speak the Word and don’t forget to roll up your sleeves and do something too!