Faith without action is dead (James 2:14-17)

14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Bring heaven to earth.

Love is not an emotion, it’s action. DO love.

If you love Me, you will obey my commands.

The greatest commandment: LOVE you neighbor.

The Great Commission: Spread the Good News.

Those who follow my blogs will recognize the above statements. They are a recurring theme in most of what I write. This passage from James strongly supports each of these. The message is very simple and direct, my friends. While we can and should keep “our eyes on heaven”, we have God’s work to do here on earth NOW. That’s how we implement our love for Jesus and for our fellow-man. We must go out into the world and get dirty.

So, what are you going to do for the Kingdom TODAY?

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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13 Responses to Faith without action is dead (James 2:14-17)

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  3. granbee says:

    I really thank you for reminding us here that love is not a feeling; it is an action! Bless you, dear Brother Art!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Thanks for your reminder Art. We have one more blog for Urdu translation.

  5. Rob Barkman says:

    Art,

    James is teaching us that if we have received God’s gift of faith, it will change our lives. A big part of that change will be our concern for others who are in need about us. If we can consistently, uncaringly turn our backs on the needy it brings into question our very salvation experience. We can mentally, carnally assent to the teachings of Christ, but this is not the type of saving faith of which James speak. The saving faith from Christ, instills in us a love for both our Lord and for our neighbor as well.
    It is just as you say:While we can and should keep “our eyes on heaven”, we have God’s work to do here on earth NOW.”
    Thank you for pointing out another very important way that we are to minister for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    • Thank you Pastor Rob. I deeply appreciate your comment. I beat the drum of “heaven on earth now” constantly. I see so many self-professed christians who simply don’t walk the walk.

      Different denominations look at the coming of the Holy Spirit, being “reborn”, somewhat differently.. That presence, in reality, does changes us… right to the core. This raises an obvious, but very uncomfortable question: “If we are not internally driven to do God’s work, have we really accepted the Spirit? (been reborn)” Isn’t this what James is saying?

      Thank you for you comment. It’s got me peeling the onion a bit more in my understanding.

      Shalom, Art

      • Rob Barkman says:

        If we are truly saved we WILL have the Holy Spirit indwelling us… if the Spirit is indwelling us we WILL bear fruits of the Spirit.

        If no fruit is born, there is no reason to believe that we have the indwelling Spirit and , therefore, there is no reason to believe that we are saved.

        I believe that is exactly the point Christ was making when He said in Matt 7:17-20
        “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”.

        That is one reason why I especially appreciated your posting… you’ve hit it right on the head. If we are saved, we must love others it will be a natural part of us (and the fruit we bear) now that we have the Spirit within us!

        Lord bless.

      • Rob, I agree fully. Just, perhaps, not expressing myself well.

        Here’s the rub for most of us, I think:

        I have been reborn, the Spirit dwells in me.

        Therefore, I’m guided (driven) to do all things in accordance with God’s will. It is now my nature.

        Yet, I KNOW I often fall short…

        Raises lots of issues and questions, doesn’t it?

        Shalom, Art

  6. Your closing statement reminds me of the saying “What on earth are you doing, for heaven’s sake!” We are saved to serve.
    A favourite saying of mine, which I often repeat is “If there is no fruit in my life, there is no reason for my existence”

    We serve an amazing God who delights to use us to complete His work.

  7. 4hispraise says:

    Art, we know that repeating oneself is not just a function of old age. We celebrate the thought that got us here; those that will encourage and maybe even instruct others. I look back on my stuff and think “I heard that before…. maybe it was me that said it”. I prefer to think it is the Spirit… He is pretty repetitive.

    • Milt, some things are just worth repeating! Age (time) does give us the opportunity to repeat more often, tho. As the the Spirit, He’s not just repetitive, He’s becoming more and more insistent.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Shalom, Art

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