“If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? …Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”James 2:16-17
James had been with Jesus. He grew up with Jesus. He was His brother, but also His faithful servant (see 1:1). As he watched Jesus give His very life for others, James understood what it was to put action behind words.
Personally, I am a talker. Throughout my professional life, I have presented, spoken, and taught. I’ve kept morning radio audiences listening. Talking isn’t a bad thing unless it’s merely talking with no depth to back up our words.
When the compassion of Christ rains down gently on your life, it inspires you to live gratefully giving to others. You forget about thinking your good works will pay back God for what He’s done for you. You could strive your whole life to pay Him back, but it will never be enough.
When you live out the Lord’s love in your parenting, in your workplace, in your retirement, in your classroom, your mere talk of loving Jesus becomes real. Provide a coat to the cold; give a cup of soup to the hungry. Your Savior gave you everything you need and more because of His genuine love for you.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). God-talk without God-walk is nonsense.