Faith without works is worthless.
This is the kind of faith many find themselves trapped in. It’s a trap that seems safe and comfortable on the outside, but ends up robbing us of real joy in Christ.
In fact, about a year ago, I had my own experience that taught me what faith really is.
I had been taking driver’s training classes and found that I was one of the very few Christians there.
However, there was one young man who stood out to me. Why? Because he was a Christian too.
James didn’t talk about all the drama that seemed to fill everyone else’s heads. He smiled a lot and brought his Bible to read during breaks.
Inwardly, I was encouraged by his influence. He wasn’t afraid to show people that He was living for Christ and I admired that.
There were numerous occasions when the Holy Spirit would prompt me to talk to him.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for me to come back with an excuse. I can’t, God. He’s in the middle of a conversation. I’ll talk to him after class.
Eventually, the end of class would come and the prompting would make another appearance. Okay, Kayla, class is over. Go talk to him.
I knew there was nothing to worry about, but I still resented the calling. I can’t. Maybe next time.
This went on for the remainder of driver’s training and I never once spoke to James to tell him that he had been an inspiration to me.
Sadly, this is only one of the many examples I have rejected Christ’s calling because it was too hard, too scary, or too unpredictable.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-1)
As much as I hate to say it, my faith isn’t always alive and thriving. I’ve often had good intentions and great ideas, but because of fear, I didn’t act out on them.
This isn’t uncommon. If you just take a good look around, you will see that the faith of many Christians is simply based on comfort.
Is there any hope for a person whose faith is dying? The good news is yes!