Read James 2 – I learned an equation early in my faith. It has helped me understand the difference between Biblical Christianity and everything else. James captures it well here in our chapter, Faith + Nothing = Salvation as evidenced by Good Deeds. Our good deeds are a celebration of all that Jesus has done for us. Every belief system apart from Biblical Christianity will tell you Faith + Works = Salvation or even just Possible Salvation… they keep you guessing. Jesus paid it all, and the unstoppable overflow from His love in us should spill onto others by our actions. It’s the best economy there is!
In the Book of James, there should be a verse that pops out at you in every chapter. My bible has lots of verses underlined with dates… those are the verses the Holy Spirit spoke to me the most at that time. Each time a person reads the Word, they are different, they are older, their circumstances change. One could read the same chapter every year and be convicted by something different each time. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing into the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
So read, Beloved, and let the Great Physician have his way with your heart. I can share my verse from today, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” 2:17 That tells me to go love people. It reminds me to listen to their heart and do what I can with action and not just words. And when I think about it, it’s very exciting, like a daily treasure hunt for Jesus! Abba, who do you have for me today???
Will you share your verse with me?