“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26 NKJV
These words penned by James, leader of the church in Jerusalem, brother of Jesus, are the final nails in the fallacy that faith was separate from fruit.
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18 NKJV
It is clear, there is no separation.
Faith produces fruit.
The lives of those who walk daily, moment by moment with Jesus produce fruit.
Their words, their actions, their very attitudes and perspectives all reflect their faith.
We know this by the disciples.
Their lives change so dramatically.
Reading the Gospels you see men who are striving to learn faith.
Reading Acts about the same men, there is no question of their faith.
Peter is a preacher who leads thousands to Jesus.
Peter and the apostles are imprisoned by the High Priest and Sadducees.
They are released by an angel of the Lord and when they are instructed:
“Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of life.” Acts 5:20 NKJV
They realize they need others to help in the ministry and appoint seven men to see to the physical needs of the church.
Persecution becomes deadly.
One of the seven, Stephen, is stoned.
James was beheaded.
This doesn’t hinder their faith.
Church history tells us the other disciples also traveled bringing the Gospel to more and more people.
The story of their faith ripples into history growing larger and farther as more come to Jesus.
Truly, the disciples had faith which bore much fruit.
Their faith was evident in their works.
Ours needs to be as well.
Thank You for the example of these men of faith. Please help me to live my faith by my works: my words, my thoughts, my actions, and my attitudes. Jesus, I am Your servant and I want to share the Gospel wherever I am, yet often I’m unsure how. Please help me to have discernment and Your Holy Spirit to guide me. Help me to hide Your Word in my heart that I might be filled with Your thoughts, Your example, Your perspective. I want my faith to be alive. Please teach me how to have a life lived in faith with works.