Wednesday 16 May, 2018

James 2:18-26

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

So if my actions, what I do, is evidence of my Faith, then what will those around me understand about what I believe based on how I behaved yesterday??? Was I an accurate poster child for Jesus? Would an independent analysis show I am the sold out Bible believing faith filled person, I hope I am? What would the video playback look like? Am I trusting God with my problems and needs? Am I patient in situations that frustrate me? Are my actions generous? Am I kind, even if no one else is watching? When I make a mistake do I own it? It’s a tough question, but bottom line – God was there with me all day yesterday and saw everything I did and knows every thought I have. So what can I do today to make sure that my actions reflect and embody my faith?
Heavenly Father I thank you that each day you are with me guiding me. Lord show me those things in my heart that need to be corrected. Help me to be more like Jesus. Father I pray that all that I say and do today will bring glory to your name. In the name of Jesus. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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