James 2

14 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? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, ‘Goodbye 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?

17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds”…26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.


A couple of months ago I asked myself, what more can I do? Because I knew I certainly wasn’t doing enough. I have been equipped with a lot to go out and do something with, but wasn’t using those abilities I had been given, I was stuck in a box. My faith was there but my actions were hardly supporting it. It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives, issues, concerns, etc. that we forget about the ‘more’ we are called and enabled to act upon. This verse just really struck a chord this morning, and I pray that my desire and ability to continue to do ‘more’ will grow with each passing day of my life, and that my desire to do ‘more’ will rub off on those around me.


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