Book of James – Day 8

James 2:21-26 (KJV)   “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

              Abraham was tested by God. Abraham was asked to take the son he had waited for years to have and sacrifice him to the lord. Abraham did not question God or refuse to accomplish the work God had placed before him. These action or work proved Abraham’s faith and at this point he was called a friend of God and walked closer to God.

              Some will say that this test of Abraham was fine after all he was the father of the entire Jewish race. All members of the tribes of that were dispersed throughout the known world could trace their ancestry back to Abraham.  Even still Abraham had not always followed the will of God. He had made a few errors in judgment along the way. Yet he was still able to pass the test and prove his faith in God not because of his works but by his works.

              Today Christians are still tested by God. Work is placed before us and we have the same chose Abraham had. To either prove our faith by our works or refuse and allow our faith to be dead and nonproductive. Which type of Christian would you prefer to be? One the world can look at and say “I want what they have.” or will the world say “It really does not matter they are no different than us.” The world will only see our works and if they do not show our faith then we can make no impact on a lost and dying world. Are we making an impact in our Christian walk?