“You see that [Abraham’s] faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” --James 2:22
I walk with Lexi to exercise my dog. I walk with God to exercise my faith. We’re all familiar with James 2:17: “Faith without works is dead.” Modern translations render it more subtly: “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (NIV). Myself, I prefer James 2:22. Our actions complete our faith. We can’t just let our faith sit around all day. We have to be active for God if we really want to understand what God’s love is all about. My love for Lexi doesn’t do her much good if I keep her trapped inside. My love for God doesn’t do anyone much good if I don’t take it out into the world. 1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” To me, walking with God is a work out—or at least, works out among his people.
Dear God, Teach me to exercise my faith and do works out in the world. Amen