The words written in the meme below is on point on so
many levels! Too often, we forget that faith is more than words; it words and works combined. Mistakenly, James 2:14–26 is sometimes taken out of context in an attempt to create a works-based system of righteousness, but that is contrary to many other passages of Scripture. James is not saying that our works make us righteous before God but that real saving faith is demonstrated by good works. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation. Faith in Christ always results in good works.
We must hold strong to our faith because it is the very thing that leads us towards the things we hope for. It’s the thing that keeps us moving forward, even if that movement seems slow and uneventful. It’s of no coincidence that faith is designed to always spur us on to obedience in Christ and to become more like Him. Essentially, this is the “evidence of things that we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1).
In most cases, God will never do what we can do, but He will always do what we can’t do! Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that, “it’s impossible for us to please God without faith” and pleasing God happens when we have faith and apply it with action. Our walk of faith is a lifelong journey, and there’s two things that I know about it without a shadow of a doubt. The first is that no one else can run our personal race of faith. The second is that truly walking by faith and not by sight produces present and eternal fruit, all of which pleases God and brings him glory.
Brothers and sisters, it’s now time to dig that hole!