Scripture: James 2:14-17 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a 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.
Devotional: Earlier in James we learned that we should not merely be hearers of the Word of God, we should do what it says. Here James is returning to this line of thinking in honing in on the truth that an all-talk faith is dead. Real and authentic faith doesn’t just say, it does.
St. Francis of Assisi is known to have said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” Today we might articulate this as, “don’t just talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk.” Nothing will discredit the message of the Gospel more quickly than empty words spoken from a life that does nothing to live out the truth proclaimed.
What a beautiful picture here of the nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; that it is complimentary expressions of faith, both spoken and lived out by example.
- Are you more likely to demonstrate your faith through words or through actions?
- How might you strengthen the balance between the two in your own life?