James 2:18-19 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
This year, I have chosen to do something for my devotions that in my 28 years saved, I have not done – read the Bible chronologically. I am now in the book of Numbers and it becomes very interesting when you ask the Lord to speak to you through His Word – no matter where it is you are reading.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
‘All’ scripture. Not just those that are pleasing to our readable palate. God admonishes me to search the scriptures; study them that I may know Him better.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
It becomes easy to say, “I have read this passage many times. It is very familiar.” But have we asked God to reveal more to us? To dig deeper, to look longer, to seek not only truth but an broader understanding of that truth? Before I go any further today, can I ask you something?
Many a saved person knows John 3:16. Many of us have it committed to memory. We can practically say it in our sleep. But what of the simple truth – “For God so loved the world…” Has your heart failed to embrace that simple, yet profound truth? To stop and meditate on the very fact that the God of the universe has so loved ‘me’ personally, that He gave of Himself; His Son, for my pardon; my redemption, so that I could be in Heaven with Him.
Truth is the foundation for our faith, not the sum total. James stated as much:
James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Faith needs a demonstration; an action; a conviction of that very truth that causes you and I to move. There are a great many who will be willing to declare their faith, but few that live it out on a daily basis.
Just as I read in Numbers of Moses and how he led the Israelite people out of the wilderness, I see a man wholly given over to the truth he heard on the back side of the desert as a voice spoke to him out of a burning bush. There was no magic poured out on him that day. It was simple faith placed in the God who spoke to him that day.
From that day forward, Moses was a different man. No, he wasn’t perfect, but he was used mightily by God to do a great work. He was uniquely gifted to stand before the most powerful ruler of the day and defy him to his face – not once, but ten times. Moses demonstrated a faith by declaring what God had told him to do and what he told him to say.
It is one thing to read of another’s faith and marvel; but wholly another to see ourselves in our regular routine demonstrating that very same faith. We are no different than any of those we read about in the Bible. We have all been given the same measure of faith.
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
There are many a saved person today who are acting more like the devil than their Savior. Oh, they believe… but that belief is never put into action. The devils act in direct opposition to God – they are at enmity with Him.
We can all listen to the words of someone and be in awe – but it is wholly another thing to say you will do something and fulfill those very words. I believe that is why so many are incensed with our President today. He is actually doing what he said he would do – that is pretty amazing for any politician!
But what of us? Can a person who may watch our life know that we are ‘Christian’ or Christ-like in our speech? In our behavior? When asked about your weekend, do you skip over the part where you went to church? Or about how convicting the message was? Or a testimony of a life redeemed? Charles Spurgeon once said:
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
The active part of our Christianity is winning the lost around us. It gets personal when the sphere of that witness touches us close to home. Let me ask you – “Do the people in your workplace know you to be a Christian?” “Do you speak up and speak out when the Lord’s name is taken in vain in your presence?” “Do you leave gospel tracts for others to find and read?”
If someone would search for evidence of your faith, would they find enough to convict you?