“But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].”” JAMES 2:18
So according to James what we do and how we do it matters. Not so much what others think about what you’re doing, saying and portraying in your life but rather that you are and it is truly representing what you have faith in.
Others are seeing this and it is influencing how they walk out their own faith. Because we all seem to somewhat fall in line with what others around us are doing and accepting.
So my goal is to live out everyday in a way that will draw others closer to Jesus. I do this in big and small ways. Like taking responsibility for how I act and react in any given situation. To make a conscience choice about what I will say or how I will react when someone cuts me off in traffic or in line at the store. What I do and say when everyone around me is talking about what the boss or preacher did.
I try, not always successfully or happily, but I do usually consciously try to speak and react in a way that God would be pleased with. A way that wouldn’t bring grief or sorrow to Him because His child , who He loves so completely has blown it again.
My love for God is so real and so important to me even in my everyday life that the thought of disappointing Him is something I don’t want to do.
Not because I’m afraid of His wrath or judgement, but because I don’t want anything to cause even the slightest distance between the love, grace, and mercy that is mine. Mine not because of anything I do, have done or could ever do but because of what He has done and the completeness of His love.
It’s so unbelievable to think that what I do or say would in someway effect God but it does. All because of His complete, complicated, complex and all encompassing love for me (and you). That love that we celebrate and focus on this time of year as we approach Easter.
My goal is the bring Him pleasure and cause Him to beam with pride, like a proud parent as they watch their little child master a new skill or enjoy the gift they just received. I want to bring that kind of joy to my Lord. Not for what I can get but because of what He’s already given me.
Let’s live each day as if it matters, because it does!