Each night I wiggled the charger cord to my iPhone until I knew it made a connection. I finally realized the charging port needed replaced. But I continued to use it, wiggling the wire, and being frustrated. I finally took it to a repair store and now it works!
If a can opener halfway does the job, do you get a new one that works? James said in the Bible, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” (James 2:14 ESV). We should never put up with a faith that doesn’t work.
James, the half-brother of Jesus, knew Jesus as a family member while growing up in the Mary and Joseph household. When Jesus began his ministry, James thought he was a little crazy, needed to come home, and get over it. But after Jesus’ resurrection and a personal meeting with the resurrected Lord (1 Corinthians 15:7), James’ faith in Christ changed everything!
James went from struggling with doubt and unbelief to calling himself “a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). In fact, he became a significant leader in that first church in Jerusalem (Acts 12:17; 15:12-21; 21:17-18).
Do you need your faith to really work? How about when you have problems, you are tempted, you need to change, you relate to difficult people, you need to tame your tongue, you deal with envy, you handle quarrels, you get hit with pride, you grapple with greed, or you need patience? Well, James wrote a book that tells us how faith works in each real life struggle!
“The Proverbs of the New Testament,” what some call the little book of James, is packed with encouragement for faith-people and working instructions for living the Christian life.
Are you ready to stop wiggling the wire and get a faith that works? “Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to the Word, instead put it into practice” (James 1:22 NLT).
Want to know more? Sunday, July 30, at 9am, I will begin the series, “A Faith that Works.” Find us at BalboaBaptist.Church. Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity through love, prayer, worship, teaching, and service.