Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Faith Without Action.

The book of James talks about faith without action being dead. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people claim to have faith but have no deeds? Can such faith save them?

15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"[e] and he was called God's friend. 24 You see that people are justified by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

For years, I have been challenged to do something with my life. God has lately instilled a passion to help suffering people along with working with youth . I still also want my faith in Christ to mean something and make a difference for someone. Be it help lead a youth or adult to Christ, connect a homeless person to employment, or money. Volunteer somewhere. Whatever God would draw me towards. How and what.... not up to me is it? I'm sick of simplicity, but also lack confidence and self esteem. Hard to balance. I must make my faith alive and not a lie.

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