Week of November 3 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: James 2:15-17

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 

Reflect: What is the point of the illustration in verses 15-16?

Consider: The vain boast, faith by itself, or faith in and of itself with no evidence of action, is dead. Workless faith is worthless faith; it is unproductive, sterile, barren, dead! Great claims may be made about a corpse that is supposed to have come to life, but if it does not move, if there are no vital signs, no heartbeat, no perceptible pulse, it is still dead. The false claims are silenced by the evidence.[1]

Respond: Why isn’t it enough to say that you have faith? In what ways does verse 14 still happen today? How can you hold yourself accountable to actually pray for someone when you tell them you’ll pray for them? Additionally, what else can you do to tangibly help the person who has asked for your prayers this month?

[1] J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 825.