Works Of Faith
Dec. 4, 2019
The Chariot Eye
Thursday, 14th November 2019
Prophet Patrick Buwemba
_Works Of Faith_
James 2:14-26 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? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, "Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well"—but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds." You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless? Don't you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
James is writing to group of Christians who were saying, "It doesn't matter what you do as long as you believe." In so doing they made Christianity a ‘religion’ without a ‘relationship.
And so many today fall under such a group but James is pointing us to something: that it's not enough to just believe but there must be an action that precedes your faith (belief ).True Christianity is when we put our faith into action .The word *"works "* used by James is referring to a lifestyle of a Christian - acts of Love and acts of service.
Two kinds of faith spoken about in passage today.
James does not say “if someone has faith,” he says, “if someone SAYS he has faith …” There is a difference. It is one thing to talk about faith and another thing, to put it into practice.
Faith without works can't save because it is dead .
The word *" dead"* means "unfruitful" or "barren" or "nonproductive"
True faith can never be alone, works must accompany it. People will not believe that we are saved if they do not see good works in our lives. Because “Our actions speak louder than our words.
Dynamic faith involves the whole person: head, heart and hands. Such faith you can't see but you can see its results .
We cannot separate faith from works or works from faith. Our beliefs and our behaviors must go together. Being a Christian involves believing in Christ and living for Christ.
Our faith must result convict many to transform their lives to Christ.
Father help me put my faith into practice through acts love and service.