On Faith and Deeds

Progressive 17What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 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? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 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. James 2:14-18

How many times have you seen the likes of

“I’m A GREAT CHRISTIAN!  I KNOW 99% OF YOU ARE COWARDS!  LIKE AND SHARE IF YOU LOVE JESUS!”

The easiest way to show our faith as Christians these days is to post on Facebook, or Tweet, (or, yes, blog about it). It’s also easy to talk to our fellow Christians about how great our faith is. It’s harder to hold a soup ladle on Wednesday nights and see poor people as human beings. It’s harder yet to put aside excuses and TAKE ACTION to create housing for the homeless (to keep them warm) or to raise the minimum wage so the working poor can eat (to keep them well fed).

God doesn’t care if we have Great Faith. He calls this kind of faith DEAD. And how do we live for God? We do all we can for the spiritual and physical needs of others.

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5 thoughts on “On Faith and Deeds

  1. Brian H. Fontaine

    Great point. It is easy to be Christian on Sunday mornings in the beautiful sanctuary or modern worship center. Yet Jesus came not be served but to serve. Seeing the world through the eyes of Christ takes His heart of compassion, and love. Father in Heaven, give us Your heart!
    Brian H. Fontaine

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