Showing your Faith

The sermon this morning at our Church focused on the beginning of James, Chapter 1. Now if you have never been through the book of James before, this is it in a nutshell: The faith you have in Christ should be reflected in your works, your life, and how you live it. The book was basically written counter those in the early church who believed that you did not have to act on your Faith in the redeeming power of Jesus, and you did not have to change the way you lived your life. The book of James counters this argument is several places, but my favorite verse is:

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?” James 2: 14 (NIV)

In my opinion, The book of James is a reminder to us not to just have Faith, but to act on our Faith. Too many Christians live life as if their Faith only mattered on Sunday mornings. The rest of their week is lived in the world, and they have compartmentalized their life so that their Faith does not shine out to the rest of the world. I think James pretty convincingly tells us that if your Faith in Christ does not effect your entire life, you may not be saved. This is a pretty strong argument, and one I don’t think a lot of Christians want to hear, but I think it needs to be heard. I know I struggle with showing my Faith to the world on a daily basis, and I need the reminders like those you can find in James.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

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