Psalm 23 – Part 9
December 2, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 10
December 4, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 9
December 2, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 10
December 4, 2013

Faith Without Works Is Dead

Sun peeking through palm tree on Hilton Head 2013

Sun peeking through palm tree on Hilton Head 2013

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20

Faith without works is dead. How many times have you heard that preached? If you aren’t doing something, you don’t have faith.

The problem is not the works, but the faith. Works never create faith, but faith creates works. Works come out of your faith. Faith is of premier importance. But most Christians have it backwards saying you should be doing works. What are you doing? It’s a works- based Christianity.

Too often, we go out and try to do good works but they are dead works because we are doing them in our own strength apart from faith. The works become the important thing. We need teachers in church. We need a food pantry. We need this and that. Unless it is born out of faith then it’s just another thing we have to find people to do.

Faith in God spawns good works because they are Spirit directed. You can’t just do a good work because you think it’s a good idea. It must come from faith in God’s grace. Everything is a gift. Any work you do is a gift from God. You put your time and finances into something God is doing, not in what you think is good.

Faith has to come first. Works always come out of faith. If you are believing God to use you in some way, then you must first trust that He will direct you to do something. I attended many church growth seminars in my earlier years. It seemed growing churches were doing something that attracted members. The seminar said you could do the same thing and here’s how to do it.

But that probably isn’t what God wants you to do. In fact, I know of no churches that grew by copying something another church was doing. God is not in it. He is in something He initiates by responding to the faith of a person or congregation who are seeking God to do what He has for them. That turns faith into good works. True faith will result in a good work if the believer will listen and do what God calls him to do. If they don’t listen, God is not mad. God still loves the person just as much. However, they may have missed a wonderful opportunity to respond to God’s love in faith.

If no works, check the faith. Remember faith produces works. Works don’t produce faith.