Don’t Let Your Faith Flatline

February 24, 2012


Well it is Friday again. For many people Friday is the end of the work week. It is that final day in the way of a relaxing weekend.

Soon it will be time to head back home and just relax with the family. Others may go out and spend the night with friends. We all have different routines that we do on our days off.

It is good that we take time off from the normal. God even commands that we take a Sabbath. If we work all of the time we will burn out; our bodies are just not meant for it.

I do hope and pray, however, that in checking your work attitude at the door, you don’t leave your Christianity.

The weekends are known for their parties. From high school on up, there always seem to be some sort of party, bar hoping, or clubbing going on and they are particularly popular on the weekend.

If you are a Christian you are called to a different life. We should not proclaim Christ during the week and then put Him in a box on Friday and Saturday, only to repent on Sunday.

James 2 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, especially starting with verse 14. Here is what verse 14-17 says:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to the, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

That is some pretty strong language. James is not saying that is not preferable to not live out your faith. No. He says that faith is dead if there are no works to back it up.

Now I know that good works do not save a person. We cannot help enough old ladies across the road or simply not cheat enough that God would look at us and say “Well okay. You were a really good person, you can come on in.”

However, once we have accepted that gift of salvation that God offers to us through Jesus Christ, there are things we must do.

It is not good enough to stand up at a Winter Jam conference, say the prayer that Jeremy Camp leads you in and then live like that is it for the rest of your life. “Now I can live however I want because I’m saved.”

That is wrong for a couple reasons but the one we are focusing on today is how we live after our conversion.

Now that the Holy Spirit has come into our lives, we are expected to live differently. According to Ephesians 2:10 we have been “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

God has given us good works to do! They are a part of our Christian walk.

If it is not for works of faith, how can we show God we love Him? If we do not do good works, how will the world see that we are different? How will others believe the message of Jesus if we do not speak it and live it?

Faith is more than just something cognitive. It must leave our heads and overflow through our feet and hands. In fact on of the most powerful passages of Scripture to me is James 2:19

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe – and shudder!

The demons know of God’s existence. They “believe” in Him. Our faith should be way more than just acknowledging God’s existence. We should be living out His commands everyday, even on the weekends.

So as we quickly approach this weekend I would encourage you to take a look at your life. Are you checking God at the door along with your work attitude? Are you still living out your faith as you spend time with family or friends?

Is there a difference in your living now that you are a Christian? If not, what do you need to do to change? What steps do you need to take?

Let nothing stop you from doing the good works God has given you to do every single day!

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5 Responses to “Don’t Let Your Faith Flatline”

  1. Michelle said

    AWESOME!!!

  2. The book of James is my favorite book in the Bible.

    My life and example are completely different since serving God fully. A Christians works and words need to match up with the Word of God. Great post.

    • It’s mine too! I have always loved how practical it is and at one time it really helped me get my life back on track. That is some great insight about words and works! Thanks!!

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