Faith That Doesn’t Work Won’t Work (James 2)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

How many people think they know Jesus because they prayed a prayer once, but to look at their life today, though they might be a seemingly “good person” on the outside, God doesn’t make much of a difference in their life day-to-day? Sadly, this might be the state of the majority of people who call themselves “Christian” in the West today. Can you be a Christian without spending time in prayer? Can you follow Jesus without gathering with His body, the church? Can you say you genuinely believe if you don’t really know what the Bible says relating to issues of the day? Following Jesus isn’t a great mystery, it’s just something we have to genuinely do, not just something we say. Love is something we do.

About John Harris

χian, Jesus saves. μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα, Pastor at Pleasant Heights, PhD (NT) candidate at Midwestern; forever Texan, μολὼν λαβέ; Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Allons-y
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