Good Morning Joes and Janes;
Are you an action hero? Now right off you will probably say no, but that is the title for today’s devotional that popped into my head.
Today’s text is found in James 2:24-26
24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
Works alone can not save us, but on the other hand what kind of faith do we have if it is not evidenced by works? Rahab, in Joshua chapter 2, recognized that the Israelites were blessed by God because of the miracles that God performed in their lives. This convinced her that she needed to protect the spies that entered her home even though they had come to survey the city for it’s destruction. For the faith of Rahab in protecting the spies she and her family were spared and later became part of the nation of Israel.
When we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives then a difference in what we do, (works) should follow. Not to receive the gift of salvation but rather to show thank’s to our king and savior. The book of James is full of examples of living the Christian life and encouragement in the blessings of doing so.
Deeds can take many forms from helping the less fortunate to changing personal habits that do not glorify the Lord. When we see people in trouble around us we need to be willing to be “an action hero”, and jump into the situation and do what we can to help out. If Christians were true action heroes we could put the government welfare system out of business. Imagine the difference in our nation if people looked to God and Christians for the answers to their needs rather than government.
So go out today and look for opportunities to be an ACTION HERO!
- Rahab the Prostitute: Trophy of Grace (christianreformedink.wordpress.com)