21
Aug
15

The Rubber Meets The Road

James 2:14-17 (NIV)
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.
We know that we are saved by the free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We know that there is nothing that we can do to earn God’s grace.  We can’t buy it or be good enough for it or do enough good deeds to balance out our sin.  On our own, we are sunk.  We are dead in our sin and sinfulness.  When we come to faith in Christ, God changes our standing and reconciles us to Himself.  So how do we know that we truly belong to Him?  The answer is simple – by our deeds.
We do not do good works to be saved.  We do good works BECAUSE we are saved.  Good works are God’s love in action.  Good works are the evidence of the transformation that is brought about by the saving work of Jesus Christ in us.  Good works are where the rubber meets the road.
It does not do anyone in need any good if we wish them well on their way without putting our faith in action.  Faith is more than intellectual assent. It is more than just agreeing that Jesus Christ is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  It is demonstrating that faith by our deeds.
As you encounter people, especially brothers and sisters in Christ, in need, be quick to lend a hand in Jesus’ name.  Christians and churches who do not help those in need are merely giving lip service to their faith.  Let us use our resources, our time and our abilities to demonstrate the reality that we have been saved by the free gift of God’s grace.  Let us demonstrate our gratitude to Jesus by sharing His love for the world with those in need.
PRAYER: Help me, O God, to be generous with good works.  May I have opportunities today to share Your love with those I encounter.  May I seize these opportunities that You have prepared in advance for me to do.  I know that apart from You, I am lost.  I thank You for Your grace and mercy.  Help me to extend mercy to those in need that they may know You and Your grace and that they may find Your salvation.  In the name of Jesus the Savior, Amen.
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