“ You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!”  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works isdead?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?” James 2:19-21 (NKJV)
As time has passed, especially in North America, the idea of being a Christian has been diluted, muted, misused, overused and morphed into a dormant word people use to feel better about themselves. Being a Christian isn’t simply being a good girl or good boy, going to church or getting the Word in by listening to the sermon online on Sundays. Being a true follower and believer in Christ means not only do you talk the talk, but you walk the walk.
The book of James gives us solid wisdom about how to live the life of an obedient believer and cautions us to not live with a lackadaisical faith. James is reminding us that our lives have to back up what we say we believe. If we say we are believers and followers of Jesus Christ, but our lives still look exactly the same as before we got connected to God through salvation, then aren’t we contributing to the dilution of what being a Christian is?
Author, Angie Smith puts it plainly in her study Seamless when she says, “If your life shows no ‘fruit’ or ‘evidence’ that you’re a Christian, there’s good reason to believe you’re not actually a believer.” Jesus tells us that you can tell a tree by its fruit (Matt. 7:15-20) which is evidence that a person who says they believe in Christ will follow it up by acting like it.
Application For The Day:
Let’s show the world the fruit of real believers, living like Christ did, praying without ceasing, serving in the church, offering up our gifts to be used by Him, being cheerful.
Prayer For The Day:
Dear Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins that I may be free from the bondage of my past and live a life that bears fruit. I declare that Jesus is truly the Lord of my life. Help me to live a life that brings glory to You, in Jesus’ Name.