Bible Reading: James 2:14-26
Focus Verse: Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? James 2:22 (NKJV)
One morning, while waiting for Sunday service to start, one of my friend’s daughters began to tell me what she learned in Sunday School. As she was talking, one of her fruit snacks fell on the ground. I picked it up and proceeded to throw it in the trash but before I could, she said: “No Ms. Tiffani, I can just blow it and pray over it and it will be ok.”
This blessed my heart because it is a perfect example of faith. But not just faith in itself, but faith working with action. You see, what my four-year-old friend had managed to learn at such a young age is that along with faith, we also have to do some work.
In her mind, if I had let her eat the fruit snack off the floor, she knew that God would bless it because she prayed. But she also knew that an action was required on her part. She needed to blow away any debris that may have collected on the fruit snack while it was on the ground.
This may be a little far-fetched for some to grasp, but let’s look at an example from the Bible of faith working.
Abraham’s heart desire was to please God in everything that he did, not just in mere lip service. But he wanted to please Christ so much that he was willing to sacrifice his only son out of obedience to Him. He knew that faith was not just about what he said he believed, but also what he did with that belief. Our works in themselves aren’t what justify us to be faithful believers. But our actions due to our willingness to have enough faith in Christ in order to be obedient to Him.
You may not be eating food off the floor, expecting God to purify it or called to sacrifice your only child. But somewhere in between those extremes, God is calling you to work your faith.
Prayer: God, You are all knowing and all powerful. Thank You for blessing me with the opportunity to know I can put my trust in You alone. Father, I ask for a spirit like Abraham who not only trusted You, but also exemplified that trust with his actions. I want to be counted as someone who worked their faith in You. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!