I am not a mathematician, but this is a mathematical question: Is your faith alive or . . . dead?
Let's do the math: Faith - Works = Dead. Or, faith subtract works equals nothing, zero, nada, empty. Dead!
So, is your faith alive? Here are some thoughts from Paul who would know the definition of a living faith.
"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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 is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." James 2: 14-26
Pay close attention to Paul's repeated words: No works equals no faith! Or Faith subtract works equals dead faith.
Think carefully today: Can you say like Paul, "I will show you my faith . . . by my works" ?
Do your actions speak louder than your words? Because faith without works, without giving, helping, praying, sharing, or doing - it's dead.
So today if you are seeing yourself as a person whose faith is dead, don't give up or give in to it. We serve the God of the resurrection. He can bring your faith to life. Call on Him for life in your faith today.
And if your faith is alive today, Praise God. We are saved by faith and faith alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9) But we show our faith to a world who needs to see our Savior by our works. God fits into your socks, but not a box! Live your faith!
Audrey Marie Hessler
Audrey Marie Hessler,