James‬ ‭2:14‬
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”
Observation-What does it say?
James is reminding believers to practice what they are preaching. James is encouraging believers to live consistently with what they have learned in Christ Jesus. James desires that all believers mature in their faith, by living a life that not only tells others about Christ’s love, but mainly shows others Christ’s love.
Understanding-What does it mean?
Actions speak louder than words.
“A person’s body that does not have a spirit is dead. It is the same with faith—faith that does nothing is dead!”-‭‭James‬ ‭2:26‬ ‭
What is the one word that people in this world use to describe Christians? Hypocrites. People think that we like to tell people how to live a more Godly life, but when it comes right down to it…we don’t even do it. We don’t even practice what we preach! And that is what James is imploring for all Christians to do. We have to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. I mean how can I say that God is number one in my life if I’m constantly putting work and recreational things over ministry and going to church? How can I say that I trust God in everything, if I don’t even trust Him enough with my finances to tithe and give back what is all His anyways? How can I call Him Lord of my life when I’m constantly saying no or not right now to the things He asks of me? Or how can I say that I love Jesus if I’m constantly doing things that I know displeases Him? We all have to honestly look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves, “Does the way I live my life reflect Christ living inside of me?”
Life Application
They will know we are Christians by our love.
That chorus of that old school hymn is what I’m thinking of as I am writing this. But it couldn’t be more true. With our church challenging us this month to be “crazy generous”, how about doing something for someone with no strings attached. A simple act of kindness and love to let someone know that someone is thinking about them and that Jesus loves them. Let those around us know we are Christians by the way we act. Let them experience a glimpse of God’s love for them. May it bring them a new sense of hope and faith this Christmas season.
-Moses Gaddi