DAY 31

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Day 31: Show and Tell

James 2:14-17
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 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? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Devotional
In these three verses, James continues to drive his point about practical faith home. Don’t just tell me you’re a follower of Jesus, show me. Faith and the works that amplify that faith go hand in hand. 

We’ve seen that true religion is caring for the oppressed among us and we know there’s no place for partiality in the kingdom of God. Our faith in Christ is proven by the way we accompany that profession of faith with action. If we say we are loyal to Christ and then see a brother or sister in need and do nothing about it, what does that say about our faith?

And how often do we mistake platitudes for action? I’ll pray for you. God will supply every need. God will take care of you. While prayer is certainly a necessity in the way we love and care for others, what if God’s intent to care for them is in our action and not just our prayers? What if his chosen vehicle to supply their need is us? What if the most loving thing we can do for someone we know is to ask them how we can help? When our faith moves into action, it’s complete.

Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Our actions will validate the faith we profess and will convince a watching world of something about Jesus himself. May our lives be a true and accurate testament to his heart for people and his intention to love them through us.

Prayer
God, you demonstrated your love for us by sending Jesus to die and be the substitute for the penalty we owed. Your actions toward us always agree with the love you profess for us. Please reveal any ways in our lives where our faith is not being accompanied by action and give us the courage to respond.