What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 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? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
This is a bold devotion. Brace yourself. Scripture is clear on the fact that God is not interested in your convictions by your words alone. As I read and think about this scripture, my mind goes to my displeasure with government leaders during election seasons. Promise after promise, after promise. Then the election takes place. Then the next election ends up being based on what the previous elected person DIDN’T actually do.
James gives specific instruction on this issue as it pertains to our Christian faith. Living for Christ is not about what comes out of our mouths, but rather how we impact the world with the love of Jesus.
It seems like everywhere you look there is a Christian… yes even pastors who are writing social media posts or blogs criticizing the church for not meeting their standards. Critical words don’t bring change. Action does. With our words we can praise God, but it’s with our actions that we worship Him.