James 2:14-17 MSG
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
James 2:14-17 ERV
My brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but does nothing, that faith is worth nothing. Faith like that cannot save anyone. Suppose a brother or sister in Christ comes to you in need of clothes or something to eat. And you say to them, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you don’t give them the things they need. If you don’t help them, your words are worthless. It is the same with faith. If it is just faith and nothing more—if it doesn’t do anything—it is dead.
James 2:14-17 NLT
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
At first, I missed what James was saying in these verses, and I had to retype this entire blog. But when I reread the scriptures again that’s when the Lord spoke to me, and it became so clear. In James 2:14 God showed me that my faith should be shown through what I do for people. Our deeds for the kingdom should match our faith. If our faith is not shown providing a need for someone-our faith is nothing. I know that is pretty harsh, but it is the truth. God showed me, that faith is just not enough. In James 2:15-16, God showed me that we look around at people situations and they need us to help them. Homeless people, people with infirmities, a friend that is going through a tough season, that church member or co-worker that you know needs clothes, food, or shelter- and all you are saying is, “God’s got you.” But you know you have shirts, pants, a pair of shoes that you do not wear and that you can give away, or you know you can counsel your friend through their tough season, or you know you have the time to go visit hospitals, or your local homeless shelter. That’s what God wants us to do. He wants us to ACT out our faith. He wants us to fill in the gap. He wants us to do our part, because we are the body of Christ. In James 2:17, it clearly states if faith is all we have and nothing else to offer someone- that’s not enough. If you know a way you can provide for someone that you are praying for, rather it’s materialistically, spiritually or physically- do it. As Christians it should be in us to meet a need for someone.
What are your thoughts on James 2:14-17…comment… let’s start a discussion