Talk Is Cheap – April 20, 2016
James 2:14, What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Matthew 5:16, In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
This week’s blogs focus on what James the brother of Jesus had to say about the working relationship between faith and works. If you missed the previous thoughts on faith and works you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com. Today’s thought on faith and works is that talk is cheap! Read what James says about faith and works in James 2:18, “But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” Did you read those words, “…someone will say…” James says faith talk is cheap without deeds to make those words meaningful. The only way to show a genuine faith is by our deeds.
In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus put it this way in Matthew 5:16, “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Jesus is saying the light of our faith shines the brightest through our good deeds. In other words, Jesus is saying the same thing James is saying, when it comes to our faith, talk is cheap if it’s only talk. The real value of our faith-talk comes when our faith is partnered with our good works.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, PH.D