Study Notes on James 2:14-17

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 MSG

Wisdom and faith reside in the heart. Likewise, knowledge and belief are set in the mind. When there is true faith tethered to our life source Jesus, the desire to serve others is a natural response. Faith fuels life giving freedom to act. Without action to benefit and meet the needs of others, my faith dies with me.

Faith should not be kept in secret places. It needs to be more than words. By stepping out and living my faith through action, the transformation in my heart becomes visible. I want the world, the people in my path, to see more than glimpses of my faith. I want my faith to be like a flourishing garden for all to enjoy, through life-giving bouquets of abundance for the hearts I meet and know. All that beauty grows from dirt. Seeds of life begin covered in darkness. By faith and cultivation beauty will break forth. Now is the time to get to work.

Lord, Cultivate in me life giving works. Show me how I should live out my faith. Take my seeds of hope and love, bless them, and show me where I should sow them. Show me the hard ground that you want me to work on. Show me the hearts that need what You give. Show me the ones with needs You want me to meet, and may my eyes be opened to see. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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