God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead… we have been made right in God’s sight by faith… Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege
Romans 4:24, 5:1-2 NLT
The books of Romans and Galatians were written largely to teach us one huge truth…
We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
James, on the other hand, was written for a slightly different purpose. James doesn’t really concern himself with how our walk with God got started. He dives right into the application of our faith. In other words, James teaches us about what our faith can do.
Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
James 2:26 NLT
James isn’t arguing that we are saved by our good deeds. He’s simply saying that real faith – the kind that saves us and makes us right with God – produces good deeds as proof that it’s a living, active faith.
As my friend, Bobby Conway, says, “We are not saved by works, but we are saved by a faith that works.”
So here’s the big question… how’s your faith working for you? If you say you’re a believer, but you don’t demonstrate an increasing obedience to and dependence on God, do you really believe what you say you believe about God?
To put it a different way, once you truly believe God, you can’t help but live life differently than before.
Saved people serve people. Saved people love others. Saved people read their Bibles and put it into practice because they believe the Author. Saved people pray because they believe God hears and answers.
What difference does your faith make? Can others tell that you’re a believer by your deeds and actions? Real faith really works!