Wednesday’s Word With Pastor Jake – November 3, 2021

Wednesday’s Word With Pastor Jake – November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021

“Faith Without Works”

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can
faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what
is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. James 2:14-17

The scripture about is perhaps another great reminder for us a Christians. Sometimes we think that “believing in our heart” is enough but this scripture passage from James causes us to reevaluate some things, doesn’t it? Yes, faith is important. Yes, it is important to believe. Yes,
scripture teaches us that it by grace, through faith, that we are saved; further, this is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). However, scripture also leads us to a place where we understand that we need to back up our faith with our actions.

We have all met people who claim to be Christian but live their lives as if God does not exist.  They live their lives in a way that does not reflect the love of Christ, they don’t care about other people, etc. Now, all of us have our own past and baggage which impacts us in the present day, but, overall, we ought to strive to live out our faith.  We are not meant to just “believe” and then go hide in a corner the rest of our lives until heaven comes. We are meant to put that faith we have into action. The kind of faith that helps us to forgive, reconcile, and practice justice in the world. After all, Micah reminds us what the Lord requires: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

Perhaps part of living out our faith is to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. Let’s be people who have a faith that is alive, not a faith that is dead. In order for our faith to be alive, we need to live it out. In other words, we need to witness to Jesus Christ in the world and follow his teachings. Often times, we do that through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion. Let’s go forth today and put our faith into action.

On a separate note, I ask for your prayers as I have an appointment at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia tomorrow (Thursday). It will be a time where I meet with several doctors, get lab work done, and go through all the details of a medication they want to put me on. This
medication can potentially shrink the vascular growth I have on my back. If all goes well, they will give me my first dose, then keep me for a while for observations to make sure I don’t have any reactions to the medication.  I’m very hopeful about this. I look forward to seeing you all
Sunday!
Jake

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