04 Oct Heart to Heart with God: Day 123_Faith & Deeds
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 123- Richmond, Virginia: Faith & Deeds
From James we are taught that faith without actions is really not faith at all: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
We can try to convince ourselves otherwise, but the Scriptures explain the actions that are required of us. We have to indulge in both our faith and good deeds so that we may continue to maintain a strong relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We cannot just pick and choose, which laws or commandments that we will obey and others that will ignore. We are all sinners, but we also must be mindful of trying to play God as well. We do not have the authority to decide what is right or wrong in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must have a plan of action that closely resembles the teachings of Jesus Christ throughout the New Testament of the Bible, in order for us to have any chance of being counted as a true believer of the Word of God.
Being a Christian is not for the faint of heart. It takes sacrifice, commitment, and desire to be a follower of Christ. We must be dedicated and understand that we will have shortcomings as we make decisions that are displeasing in the eyes of God. However, we are forgiven for our transgressions when we repent and know that Jesus loves us all as His follower. We must find a way, as we walk together on this journey, to overcome our Earthly desires and reject temptations or thoughts that attempt to distance us from our Faith.
God, help us to not live by faith alone, but rather to also have the actions to go along with our faith to allow others to receive your blessings through us. Amen.
Reflection Day #123
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: