Book of James – Day 7

James 2:14-20 (KJV)   “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And 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? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

              Churches are filled every Sunday with scores of people who are there because they have to be to claim to be Christians The rest of their lives they live in the world and act and conduct themselves as the world does. Showing no signs of faith at all, not living for Christ or following his example of need to help others. If a person is a true follower of Christ and believes that he is there lord and savior they will have good works.

              James is not saying works can save any one but neither can an empty profession of faith that is nothing more than claiming to be a Christian in name only.

              James illustrates his point very well a person comes to you professing a need and you do nothing but talk making no attempt to truly provide for their need this is useless and does not show Christian love.

              James speaks of two men. One has faith in name only. A faith that is useless. The other man has works without faith. Neither of these men has what is needed to be saved. Neither man has the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. If they did they would show their faith by their works.

              Both men may believe there is one God but just knowing there is one God will not save a person. Because the devil himself knows there is on God and he trembles.

              As Christians we need to know exactly what James 2:20 says: “Know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead.” Do not be vain [empty, useless, foolish], true faith is a living faith, a faith that works, a faith that stirs a person to live for Christ—to live a righteous and pure life and to give all he is and has to reach a lost and desperate world for Christ. Where are you in your faith? Are you a Christian in name only or a professed born again Christian willing to share your faith?