This is the question that has been nagging at me lately.
In doing a Bible Study of the book of James I am wrestling with the question of my faith.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
What good is my own faith if it does not have works?
The purpose of our faith is to bring glory to God and to point others to Him.
Faith produces works…good works flowing from your heart and the good fruits of the spirit bring produced in your life.
What good is my faith if I have no good works?
What good is my faith if those good fruits are not being produced?
In everything I do, I want my faith to be evident.
In the small things of my day, in changing diapers, in teaching handwriting and math, in washing dishes and folding clothes, in watching television and writing blog posts, I want my faith to produce works.
No, works do not save us. We can never work our way to salvation. It is by grace we have been saved, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). But faith, true faith, living faith, does produce works.
What good is my faith if my children can’t see it living within me, working inside me in our home?
What good is my faith if it’s only shown on Sunday morning at church?
What good is my faith if it’s only portrayed online, on this blog, on twitter and facebook, only before those that may not know the “real” me?
In those circumstances, it isn’t very good at all. Possibly even dead.
But faith lived out, worked out, and seen evidenced in my life is good.
This faith points to Christ.
This faith honors the one who has made me, who has saved me, and who calls me His own.
That’s the kind of faith I want to have.