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Posted by James Keller on OP4er @ 4:13 PM

James 2:17 (GW)
17 In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn't cause you to do any good things.

There is a story told about a high wire walker.  He stretched out his wires high up between two buildings.  A crowd gathered, and he began to walk back and forth across the wire.  He blindfolded himself and easily walked back and forth.  Taking a rest, he said to the crowd, “How many of you believe that I can walk back and forth across this wire blindfolded while carrying someone on my shoulders?”  The crowd with one voice shouted back that they believed he could.  Looking intently at the crowd he asked, “Who will climb onto my shoulders?”

It is one thing to say that you believe something.  It is another thing to put your beliefs into action.  Followers of Jesus are to do just that, follow.  Faith in Jesus is more than just head knowledge.  Faith in Jesus leads to action.  You will need to get out of the boat (Matthew 14:29).

God’s love for us caused Him to act.  Our faith in Christ should cause us to act as well.  It is easy to say that you have faith when you are sitting comfortably in the boat.  But you prove your faith by giving up your comfort so that someone else can be comfortable. 

We have a saying in America: “Put your money where your mouth is.”  Our memory verse tells us to “put action to our faith!”  Let us not just be head nodders when it comes to our faith, but let us live out our faith so others can see it and experience it!

Christ’s slave,

Pastor jim

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