“Brothers and sisters, it doesn’t make any sense to say you have faith and act in a way that denies that faith. Mere talk never gets you very far, and a commitment to Jesus only in words will not save you.” James 2:14 (VOICE)
Walking up the solid cement structure, the erie advance of the rolling waves began to creep up and over ever so slightly, depositing a little more lake water with each pass. Sediment started to pile up on the sidewalk.
“We won’t be able to walk down here tomorrow, ” I notioned to my dog, who looked like she was standing underneath one of those turbo charged hand dryers.
When the North wind blows against the shore, tree debris litters the main road in our town and the pier is often impassable on foot. Today’s verse hits us like a heavy gust of that lingering wind.
James is smacking us with the winds of accountability in todays verse. Imagine the fury of these early church leaders who had embraced Jesus and heard His words fall fresh on their ears. Surely the frustration in hearing and doing was as prevalent then as it is now.
“Paul describes the root of salvation; a person is saved by God’s grace received though faith.(Galations 2)James is explaining the fruit of salvation; saving faith is a faith that works.” James 2:14 (VOICE commentary)
God encourages us in this verse to keep soldiering on. To keep seeking Him, and trust the Holy Spirit’s process of refinement at work.
“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21
He’s the only one who can shut off the battering North Wind.
Father, We praise You for Your gift of grace, and Christ’s sacrifice to enable our salvation. Thank you for blessing our lives here on earth. Forgive us for acting opposite of our heart’s intent. Bless us to avoid hypocritical faith, and life a faith in action. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What hard situation presses you to act against what you know is right? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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