“Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works,” (James 2:18).
The Book of James teaches that one’s actions and lifestyle reveal genuine faith.
Many often accuse fundamental Christians of being so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good. Sadly, many times we have earned that criticism justly.
Faith is not just a statement of doctrines that we believe. Even the devil believes the same things we do about God (see verse 19)! Faith is not only a systematic theology. Instead, faith that is genuine is a lifestyle.
Genuine faith changes or tempers our actions. Abraham heard God and obeyed God’s directions. Even though he did not understand or have all the information or explanations he wanted, Abraham acted on what God said. That earned him the title, “Friend of God.” Rahab was an alien from God and a prostitute. Yet her belief that God was able to conquer the land changed her life. So she hid the Israeli spies, protected them, and made provisions for them. However, she believed that God would save her from the day of destruction. She too was a “Friend of God.”
Our actions or lack of action betray our beliefs. What do your actions say about your faith in God? Do they reflect Christ in you or the “old sinful man”? Are you a “Friend of God,” or just an acquaintance of God?
Remember, faith without works is like a car without gas. It may be pretty and shiny, but it won’t go anywhere.