James 2: 14-26
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If 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? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 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. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In 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? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
If you claim to have faith, but show no works for the Lord, you need to take a closer look at what you truly believe in. As it says in verse 14, “what good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith really save him?”
Ask yourself daily ‘What do people see in me?’ Be truthful with yourself. If you do not like what you find, think ‘What can I do about it?’
When someone asks you if you are a Christian, will your answer be yes? Most likely it will be. Well are you prepared to show that you are a Christian? What if they ask you ‘Why do you, as a Christian, believe that Christians are the only ones saved from hell?’ Will your answer just be ‘Because Jesus died to save me.’ Or is it more than that? Even Satan, the enemy of God, believes that Jesus died on the cross to save us. There is a difference in knowing Jesus died on the cross, and living by the faith that Jesus has the ultimate love and died on the cross because He loves you. If you truly believe that Jesus died on the cross, and you have faith in Him, then it will be shown through your actions.
Ask yourself one last question. ‘What is required to come under the salvation of Jesus Christ?’ The answer is believing Jesus died on the cross, but it is also more than that. It is living your life for Him. Living your life for Jesus, who first loved you with an unconditional love which you do not deserve, and which I do not deserve. We cannot do anything to make Him love us more, and we cannot do anything to make Him love us less. His love is unconditional and so great that He came to earth to conquer our sin because He knew we could not do it on our own. It is more than just saying Jesus died to save us. It is living your life sold out to Jesus Christ.