The book of James is one of my all-time favourite books of the bible. In fact, this book in particular includes a wide range of practical ways to apply our faith to real life situations.
A couple of years ago when I first started attending my current church, we had a bible study on the Book of James, which included Francis Chan video’s and questions to follow. This bible study aided me as I was a new believer in Christ because it talked about “faith without works is dead.” This principle is so true because without any evidence of our faith being produced, how would we be able to exercise our faith?
James 2:14-17 puts it this way:
If a brother os sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does have works, is dead.
The chapter continues by saying:
But someone will say, you have faith, and I have works.” “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” “You believe that there is one God, You do well. Even the demons believe tremble!
In other words, there is a difference between saying something, and doing another. What we say needs to be linked to what we do, or else it means nothing.
The same goes for our faith in the Lord.
If we say that we know Jesus as our Lord, and are still living in sin, then the evidence of our faith is not present.
Speaking from a personal experience, there were many moments in my life where I was living in sin but confessed with my mouth that Jesus was the Lord of my life. I would say one thing, and do another.
Slowly, with the Lord’s help, I began to realize that my faith wasn’t producing any true evidence that God really did help me overcome some of my personal issues. I knew in my heart that Jesus had saved me from the sins I committed, but I was not willing to obey Him fully. I would pray every day, “God, please help me with this issue” yet I would still give into my own desires and do something I knew deep down was wrong.
In September of 2016, I was asked to write a paper on making a behavioural change in my life. This could be a health change, a spiritual change or anything that hindered us from living a healthy life. At the time, I was really struggling with my thoughts about food and exercise and knew that it had nothing to do with either of those things, but rather it was a spiritual issue. As a result, I decided to write a paper called “Faith It Until You Make It.” If you would like to read this paper, I have attached a copy here.
With the help of friends, family, counsellors, mentors and other important figures in my life, the Lord brought me out of a place of darkness and showed me that having faith in Him requires action.
I now know that faith without works is dead and unless we act upon what God has called us to do, we will miss out on the multitude of blessings He has prepared for us each day.
Let’s walk the walk today, and show others that Jesus truly lives in our hearts.