You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. – James 2:24
Once again we hear from the no-nonsense half brother of Christ. We all know that good works is the result of strong faith in Christ Jesus. As we lean strongly on Him every day, He shows us avenues of ministry along the way that we can either choose to follow or not. When a person comes to a saving knowledge of Christ, they are justified.
Our works have nothing to do with our salvation – for that was taken care of by our LORD – he hung on the cross and died to save us – nothing we do can save our souls – we need to accept HIS sacrifice on our behalf.
Does James contradict Paul? NO. The apostle Paul was talking about eternal matters while James is referring to earthly matters. We don’t have to do good works to get to Heaven – but doing good works is something we want to do because we have faith and a desire to serve the Lord. How do we serve Him? We serve other people. We are His hands, His feet. We put feet to our faith. God loves a cheerful giver… it’s about more than money.
I can talk about having great faith all day long, but until I put some feet to that faith, it’s just lip service – am I right? Doing good won’t save my soul, but I still want to do good – be kind, and act on my faith. 🙂