Faith Without Works

Iron Sharpening Iron

Faith Without Works

cpr-image“You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:24-26

I’d bet most of us, if not all, believe in the effectiveness of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as a life-saving technique when someone’s heart has stopped beating or someone has stopped breathing.

If you find yourself in a situation where someone is unresponsive or not breathing, and are not sure what to do, first call 911. Then begin administering CPR via chest compressions at a rate of about 100 BPM, pushing down on the chest (hard) to a depth of at least 2 inches. You may even feel ribs break as you are forcibly pumping blood and oxygen through the person’s body. This technique can keep someone alive just long enough for medical professionals to intervene and possibly revive them. Bet you didn’t think you’d get a crash course in CPR this morning? But I want you to consider what good it would do for the person who was dying, if you had faith that CPR would help them, but never administered it.

praying-manYou see, we can believe that CPR is effective, even see others do it, and hear stories about how it saved lives; but if we don’t actually practice it, what good is it? Just believing in the effectiveness of CPR won’t revive anyone. We must be willing to do it too! Likewise, we can believe in the power of the Gospel, but if we don’t live it out, walk in it, and share it, what good is it to us? Do we really believe in it?

The book of James asks “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (2:14) Now, we know that our works don’t earn us grace, but our revelation of God’s grace and immense love for us should compel us to do the works He has called us to. It should compel us to pray for each other, to love and care for the marginalized in the world, to share the Gospel, and to make disciples. This is done in many different ways as God has given us each special gifts and abilities, and placed us in different places to be His hands and feet! A while back I was at a

name-badge-christianNow, we know that our works don’t earn us grace, but our revelation of God’s grace and immense love for us should compel us to do the works He has called us to. It should compel us to pray for each other, to love and care for the marginalized in the world, to share the Gospel, and to make disciples. This is done in many different ways as God has given us each special gifts and abilities, and placed us in different places to be His hands and feet! A while back I was at a

A while back I was at a company-wide business conference and I ran into a colleague whom I’ve known for 10+ years. As we began talking and catching up he said “Wow, I didn’t realize you were a Christian. So am I! How cool is that?” He was excited! I was rebuked… I realized that If someone is surprised to find out I’m a follower of Jesus, I’m probably doing it wrong. Sure I’d say I have faith, but did the actions of my life demonstrate that faith? Not so much…

So I ask you, what does your life say about your faith?