The Beautiful Bride - Week 4, Day 2

Get Off Your Donkey!

IF… James asked, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” and says, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” James 2:14, 18-24 (NIV)

THEN… I must be careful not to confuse an intellectual belief in Jesus with saving faith.  Even the demons acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God, but they certainly were not considered righteous. My faith, like Abraham’s, will be manifest in my speech and my actions. 

Remember the three evidences in the life of a follower of Christ: Christ-like character, good works, and the making of disciples. Yesterday we talked about having a fully surrendered heart and mind in order to have the character of Christ. Today, we are looking at the second thing produced by a life that is changed by God, good works. It is through our actions each day that the world will see and feel the love of Jesus.  If we say that we love God, but we don’t put our love into action, then James says that we need to check the pulse of our faith!  It is DEAD!

More than half of the books in the New Testament talk about faith and action working together. It reminds me of baking soda and vinegar.  Each one, by itself, does nothing. However, if you combine them, the molecules react, move, explode, and create change. This is what the combination of faith and action should look like! If you say that you have faith in God, but your behavior and decisions don’t reflect it, then there is a good chance your faith needs some life breathed into it! It is time to get off your donkey and get busy!

In the Bible, donkeys were often used to demonstrate humility and servitude. If a king came riding a donkey, it was assumed that he was coming in peace, but if he rode a horse, he was coming for war. The Bible says that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. BUT HE GOT OFF THE DONKEY AND ONTO THE CROSS! Through His death, He offered peace and salvation to the world. As a child of God and Bride of Christ, you have a royal name, but it is time for you to stop riding around looking like a princess, and instead, start serving others on behalf of your King so you can make a difference in the world around you!

Last week we talked about the special gifts that you were given. Now it is time to combine them with your faith! When you do, get ready for the change that the Holy Spirit will bring about in your life.  You will start to see God do things in and through you that you never expected.  Are you willing to get off your donkey?

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