Week 3, Day 5: What Faith Produces

Do You Trust Me?

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Kames 2:14-17

Genuine faith takes action.

“Do you trust me?”
It was a simple question. I asked my daughter again, “Do you trust me?” There she was, in her bright pink swimsuit, proud of her inflatable water “muscle” floaties, standing at the edge of the pool, wanting to jump to my arms, but hesitating. “Yes, I trust you,” she said. But despite her claim, no action. She was scared. By looking into her eyes you could see her mind racing. She was anxious about the water’s temperature. Fearful about the pool’s depth. And nervous about the actual jump. So there she stood, fixed at the pool’s edge. Her words gave testimony to trust in her father, but both of us knew that if the faith was genuine, it would produce an action. And so, she finally jumped. Despite her fears, my six-year-old daughter dared to take the leap.

Genuine faith takes action. Do we trust God? The answer is revealed not so much by what we say, but by whether we take the leap. Genuine faith is a seed that always produces the fruit of action.

James warns his readers against having the kind of faith that is mere talk — an empty claim without any fruit. This is the kind of Christianity that sees people in need and wishes them well, but feels no compulsion to physically act. Such faith, James warns, is dead. Even demons believe that God exists. But genuine saving faith moves beyond mere assent into true action.

Application Questions

  • Where have you noticed a gap between your verbal confessions of faith and your practical actions? 
  • What action or fruit can other people identity in your life as evidence of saving faith? 
  • Can a friend or spouse list practical actions that saving faith is producing through you in response to Sunday’s messages or these devotions? Or are you coasting from day to day and week to week without change?
  • Take a moment respond in prayer to what this passage reveals about who God is, what he wants, what you need, and what you face. 

Memory Verse:

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18