What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the author talks about faith versus works. We know that the group in this passage is arguing about what it means to have faith and if they are required to do works. I have always thought that if you have faith in God, you will naturally want to do good works for others. It is a logical outpouring of our love of God. What the author is trying to explain is that faith without works is dead. If we claim to be Christians and are truly living out this call in our lives, we will want to serve others.
Holy Lord, maker of us all, you call us to love our neighbors as ourselves and teach us that faith without works is dead. Open us to the opportunities for ministry that lie before us, where faith and words and the need of our neighbor come together in name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.