2018-02-07 / Faith

Your faith: alive or dead

Lessons from the Heart
Pastor John Wagner

Wagner Wagner “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:17- 19).

We live in a world today where it is really hard to find anyone who does not believe in God. Most people have some kind of belief in whom God is and what it takes to get to Heaven. Many believe that as long as you believe in God and are a pretty good person you will get to go to Heaven when you die. Some believe that any god or religion is a way to Heaven. The sad part is that many people who claim to be Christians either believe like this or live their lives believing that if they believe in Jesus Christ and they are baptized they are saved and that is all they need to do.

In the above Scripture from James we are told that there is more to salvation than just believing in God. I am not saying that works will save a person because they won’t. Only faith from the heart will save a person.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hast raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

Salvation is by faith only, not works. However, James is telling us that when we accept Christ from the heart that our lives will reflect that. If you claim that you are saved, but your life does not prove it by your works, then you might need to take a look at your faith and see if it is genuine.

We live in an evil world today and people are looking for genuine Christianity that shows them who Christ really is. When the world sees Christians living like they do they are not seeing the real Christ. If you say you are a Christian, what does your life look like to the world? Your life is probably the only Bible that many people will read. None of us will ever be perfect and we all have shortcomings. However, when we live a life of faith in Jesus Christ and our works reflect it, we can be a light in a dark world.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

John Wagner is the pastor at the Pittsburg Community Church.

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