I Suppose it's True?
"I will prove I have faith by doing good deeds" (James 2:18b).
Kinds of Faith:
We all know that are supposed to have faith. But, did you know that
there is more than one kind of faith? One kind of faith says "I
believe", and means, "I suppose it's true?"
The real kind of faith says, "I believe", and that means, "I commit myself
heart and soul to God". The devil would have you believe in the
first kind, but real Christians believe in the second.
It's easy to get confused in today's world, about which kind of faith is
meant when someone says, "I believe". The Apostle James showed the
way to tell the difference. Faith that says, "I suppose" has no
transforming power in your life. This kind of faith produces no good
Faith Changes Things:
Faith that says, "I commit myself heart, mind and soul" is transforming faith.
This kind of faith will allow God to change your life into one like
Jesus' and one that will please God in all you do, think and say. This
kind of faith always produce good works in the life of the teen who believes.
What kind of faith do you have in Christ? A look at your life will tell
you. The Apostle James in chapter 2:24 brings out the real meaning of
faith. A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
We are justified by faith, and God declares us innocent of sins
on the basis of our faith. The word "justified" is a legal term that
means, "To be declared innocent", or "Proven innocent".
True Faith Acts:
It is not just by saying "I believe", but by acting on your faith, you take
into your life what God has promised us in Christ Jesus. Our sins
cleansed and forgiven; our life changed by the power of God; our heart
yearning to please God and the love of Jesus moving us to do good to others.
We are also justified by works, as what we do and say show that God's power
has transformed us into brand new Christians. An old saying is "The
proof of the pudding is in the eating". This means that the proof of
our Salvation is a changed life.
Faith Produces Good Works:
Our words, thoughts and actions change and we become caring, kind and
respectful to others. Reading our Bibles, praying, going to church,
worshipping and serving God whole heartedly, are some of the good works that
Jesus produces in our lives.
That's why James concluded, "Faith without deeds is dead" (chapter 2:17).
If your faith in Christ has made no difference in your way of life,
then you don't have a living faith in our Lord.
What kind of faith do you have? I hope it is not the kind that says, "I
suppose it's true?"