“But do you not know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead.” -James 2:20
I have felt a challenge and change in the way that I understand the book of James pertaining to his teachings on works and faith. The more the Spirit leads me to shed the things of old and the workings of flesh, I find a deeper sense of freedom. For the past several weeks when I have read James, I have heard this whisper, “What if the works that I speak of, have nothing to do with, fulfilling a monthly quota for tithe or offering. Or feeding a certain number of the homeless. Or even taking care of every widow or orphan you see.” Well, if this is true than most churches would close, because we have taken away so many of the laws they have instituted while claiming to be free from the law of Moses.
Works will flow from the heart. If we are bound by religion that we will feel guilt, condemnation and even a duty concerning the works James speaks about. We than become no better than the people who in Jesus’ time loved the law so much they missed the savior. When our heart is in the law and not our Father, we will only produce and walk in religion which from the beginning never produced the Sons of God.
“Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the alter? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God.” James 2:21-23
“… concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” Hebrews 11:19
Many times the works that we are producing are contrary to the faith that we say we have. We will speak and claim and remind God of all His promises towards us, but our actions are not in alignment. Abraham fully believed! This is why he was justified. His actions completely lined up with the belief he held. He did not wavier, he did not say that he believed God and then decided NOT to offer his son, the son of his promise. He was going to kill his son as a sacrifice to the Father, his faith went so deep that he believed the Lord would raise him from the dead. He had never seen this, but he believed it to be possible!
We have faith that if we do feed the homeless, take care of the widows and orphans, and meet a 10% requirement we are justified. We are the faithful faithless. Ones who believe in our own ability to be justified as compared to actually believing and not wavering in what the Father has spoken to us. Our faith must believe in the words of the Father to the extent that our actions, no matter how costly they may seem, line up with what the Father has called and the faith we say we carry.
-Just my morning thoughts 2/22/18