Are you rich or are you poor?
A rich mentality often becomes “I can do this on my own; I can sustain myself.”
The poor can more easily realize “I can’t depend on myself, on my strength, because I have none.”
Faith can come easier to us when it’s all we have.
What are you doing right now that requires faith?
We’re so well provided for that it’s easy to pursue ‘staying safe’ instead of pursuing a life of faith. Has there ever been a day in your life when you wondered if you would eat? If you would have any clothes to wear? A place to sleep?
Faith has to have action. If you aren’t acting toward your faith, you don’t have faith.
Abraham is a good example for us – he was very rich by his day’s standards. And yet, he still chose to live by faith, not knowing where it would take him or if his current comforts would follow. The comforts had to be less important to him than his faith, and action had to prove it.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17
In chapter 2, James warns us against the numbing affect on our calling wealth can have, and at the same time, tells us to live by faith by giving of our wealth. Someone who has nothing to wear and nothing to eat isn’t capable of giving clothes and food to another. In these verses, James reminds us, the rich, to live by faith and let what could be used to comfort ourselves be instead an extension of faith to those in need around us.
So, what is pulling you away from God’s plan for you to have a life full of faith?
Can your faith save you?
Challenge: Write down what you say you believe, and beside it, write down what you’re doing about it. Where do they match us? Where do they differ?