James summarises this passage in verse 26 where he says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works”. Whilst our salvation comes from believing in Christ, James highlights the importance of demonstrating our faith by how we live. He acknowledges that it is impossible to show our faith if we don’t have good deeds (vs 18).
To do the good deeds that God calls us to do, I am reminded of Philippians 2:13 – “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him”. This means that we are to allow God to work through us and guide us, so that our lives reflect the faith we have in Him.
God, I thank You for the gift of salvation and I thank You that I can put my faith in You. Please help me to live a life that demonstrates my faith and brings You glory every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Written by Laura Samperi