Week 3, Monday, James 2:20-26

 “James”

by, Pastor Sunil Balasundaram

 

Scripture

Go to James 2:20-26

(Please read the passage before, or after, reading the devotion.)

 

“You senseless person” (v.20). Do I detect a sense of urgency in James’ tone? Again, James is not saying that anyone can get right with God by doing good works (please read the last devotion again). But he is emphasizing that what you do will be the natural result of what you believe (or who you believe in). Both Abraham (Genesis 22) and Rahab (Joshua 2) had decided in their hearts who they believed in, who they wanted to follow – Yahweh God, the God that Jesus called “father.” By their (subsequent) actions they showed what (and who) they had believed in their hearts even before that. James’ simple logic says that just as lives without God make us like spiritual “zombies” (the walking dead), faith is lifeless without that faith showing itself in obedience. So, how “alive” is your faith?

 

Prayer

Thank you for James’ honesty when it comes to our faith, Lord. But I know your (and his) intention is not to discourage us. I realize it is to remind us how real your love is, how present you want to be in every aspect of our lives. You want us to experience what faith really can do, if we put it into action. It will not only change us entirely, it will change those around us as well. Please grow my faith O God; I want to be “mature and complete” as you intend me to be. Amen.

 

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