Good morning to all,
James lays it on the line by telling us that faith is much more that just believing! You see, he was trusting God so much that he was willing to do whatever God told him to do. His faith was made complete by what he did-by his actions. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous." He was even called "the friend of God." So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rehab the prostitute is another example of this. She was made right with God by her actions---when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. It is not just about lip service but more about doing! We can hear, believe and follow the rules, but if we don't take action in Jesus' name, are we really caring out the mission of being a Christian? This devotional is not to beat you up! It is more of a reminder to let you know that He wouldn't have created you if He didn't believe that you were important. That should be encouraging to you to know that while you have air coming from your lungs and blood pumping through your veins, He can still use you! Ask Him and don't be scared about how He wants you to represent Him! There is no one and yes that includes you that He can't use in order to accomplish whatever He wants to be accomplished!
Your brother in Christ,