Milk and cookies, popcorn and the movies, love and marriage. They go together. You just can’t have one without the other (or at least it’s not nearly as fun!)
The Perfect Pair
In the last few weeks, we have been learning some unCommon Sense that comes straight from the Bible in the New Testament book of James. This tiny book packs a powerful punch of wisdom that sometimes has us shouting “Amen!” then crying “Ouch!”
This week we will be talking about the dynamic pairing of faith and good deeds, two things that are inseparable in the life of any healthy and thriving follower of Jesus.
If we say we have faith in God it needs to be demonstrated in the way we act, speak and think. It needs to shape us. There is no such thing as a theoretical faith. Undemonstrated faith is dead. Lifeless. Worthless. James points out to his hearers that even the demons believe in God (James 2:19). However, their belief in God makes them shudder in terror. Our faith/belief is meant to bring love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22). They run from God, our faith is meant to bring us closer to God.
The life of every human is in the spirit. If you have ever been with someone as they passed away you know that there is a marked difference in the moments before and after their heart stops. Their life is gone. Their body doesn’t look or feel the same. They may not have moved, but their spirit did, and now their body is dead.
Too often our faith is on life support or even dead because we have a faith that believes in God but has no demonstrable actions to back it up. James does not let his hearers get away with this ‘fake faith’, and I believe that Jesus doesn’t want us to either. He wants us to be full of life, and to bring life to every situation we encounter.
Faith and good deeds go together. You can’t have one without the other. We don’t do our good deeds to prove our faith, we do good deeds because of our faith. It is a natural outflow.
This week may you let your light shine so that people will see your good deeds and praise your Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).