“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” — James 2:14
Faith without work is dead.
Mentioned a few verses below this specific passage, this quote creates many debates in Christian circles. For the once-saved-always-saved crowd, the verse presents a conundrum. Does a confession of Christ wash away all iniquity, forever? Yet the other side also presents problem, is the saving blood of Christ strong enough to cover all sins?
The avenue of work, however, presents a third option.
The blood of Christ sufficiently saves all through faith. And yet, our salvation mandates a changed life. The work you do based on the faith your receive through the salvific acts of Christ become the “proof in the pudding.” A true encounter with Christ changes you, wholly. Your work is an outpouring of that change.
Therefore, when you make a proclamation of faith in Christ, you are committing not only to belief, but also to action.
Your daily work presents an opportunity to live your faith. For many in the world of work, the call to action as an active Christian bears little connection to the daily tasks of work. Where is God in an Excel spreadsheet? How can closing a business deal bring about real change to the world in which we live?
No matter your work, you do have an opportunity to illustrate faith in action.
At a high level, a consistent quality of work and a joyous demeanor no matter the circumstances may exhibit the character of Christ leading to an opportunity to discuss the Gospel.
But even more, your work may represent faith in action through the products and services you provide to make a difference in the world. When your work changes someone’s life, even in a small way, you have the opportunity to live your faith.
How might you put your faith in action today?
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