Monday, February 2, 2009

Faith Produces Results!

The past few days I’ve been meditating again on the principles of faith taught in what probably was the first of the New Testament’s 27 books—the book of James.

Among other things, we quickly see that James is much more interested in one’s practice of faith than in one’s mere profession of faith. James wants to see results!

So it’s clear, James wants his readers — and that includes every Christian or potential Christian down through the ages, around the globe, from every continent and nation and region and locale…including you and me — to publicly profess our faith.

Faith is a gift from God that is planted in the heart, takes root . . . and then is professed or confessed or expressed through our words. But that’s not all.

True living faith in one’s heart is ultimately put into practice by one’s actions, deeds, and good works.

All the apostles of Jesus Christ — and Jesus Himself — agree with what James says. In fact, these truths are woven into the fabric of the entire New Testament.

Among other places, we see these truths clearly laid out toward the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. We also see them preached by the apostle Peter after the Day of Pentecost in the early chapters of Acts.

Furthermore, we see them proclaimed by the apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 to 10, in all three chapters of his letter to Titus, and many of his other New Testament writings.

Just don’t make my mistake of thinking that if I love God, believe in Jesus Christ with all my heart, and am doing plenty of good works, that God won’t “disappear” and test my faith to the limit.

You’ll find my story posted on the home page of my website.

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