The Proof is in the Pudding

James 2:22

“You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works”

OBSERVATION

So often I hear people say (and I am guilty of this myself) “I just don’t know what to do, I’m waiting to hear from God”.

This statement is powerful, indicating surrender to God’s will and faith that God will provide a way and direction.

BUT and this is a big but. We often use that as a spiritual looking excuse for inactivity. Meaning, “I know what I’m supposed to do, I just don’t have the faith and gall to do what I believe God is telling to go do.”

Abraham is credited by James here to have faith and that faith was manifested in his works and his obedience. He didn’t have all the answers he was simply obedient and faithful. And because of his faith “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” – and he was called a friend of God.”

APPLICATION

Often we boast of having a faith in Christ. I think many ‘Christians’ miss out on true faith. It’s not just believing that Christ is King, it’s living it out. Walking in faith the things that He calls us to, stepping out even if you don’t see firm ground on the other side.

I don’t understand the saying ‘the proof is in the pudding’, but I think it may apply. Your faith is reflected in the way you live your life.

How you love, how you serve, how you give and how you’ve changed inwardly.

In the last 3 months, what has God done in your life? If we can’t respond to that, then maybe we aren’t walking in faith.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit help me to see the areas you are calling me to step out in faith. Your Word has quite a bit, you tell us to out and make disciples, to not neglect meeting in your name, you tell us to serve one another and people around us, you tell us to forgive and pray for our enemies, and many, many more kingdom building commands. Help me Jesus to realize those in my life and to lead others to do the same thing.

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