I have a love/hate relationship with the book of James. I love the practical advice it gives on the walk of faith. James contains many verses that speak directly to issues that I find myself dealing with on a regular basis. I am comforted and strengthened by the fact that the Word of God is clear and applicable to my daily activities; but I hate some of the practical advice that James gives on the walk of faith. I find myself convicted by verses that bring me face to face with God’s truth and how it should look in daily life – like today’s reading.
Today's reading made me think about things that I say that I believe in and I asked myself, “Do my actions demonstrate my belief?”
I say that I am concerned for the poor but could someone look at my life and see evidence of my concern?
I say that I believe in prayer but could someone look at how I spend my time and see evidence of my belief?
It is very easy to fall into a rut in our walk of faith. We can continue down a particular path doing the same thing over and over. It’s like mowing your lawn. You find a way that works and follow the same pattern week after week. It could be that the lay of the land dictates a particular path or it might be that you follow a particular direction because that is way you bring the mower out of the garage. There is usually a good initial reason for following a particular direction but if you want a healthier lawn, you need to change the mowing pattern.
As we go through James in the coming days, we can let the challenges we find be a catalyst to examine our habits and patterns of behavior. Let’s choose to be like James when he says, “I will show you my faith by what I do.”