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But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (James 2:18)

Expanded Passage: James 2:18-19

It was getting a little heated on the schoolground. The two boys were out to prove who was bigger and better, muscles flexed and voices raised. They talked a big game, but nobody was really fooled. We all knew they’d whimper and scatter as soon as the on-duty teacher blew her whistle. It was just a matter of time before they’d be put in their place.

How often do we Christians flex our Christianity? We are overt with our Scripture memes on social media and our promises to pray for people. We get loud when we share about our own generosity or condemn those other sinners. But our quiet life echoes a different story: apathy toward those in need, prayerlessness, and our own secret sins.

Meanwhile, the quiet Christlike among us are sharing their faith over coffee, inviting the lonely to dinner, and regularly seeking the Lord’s face. They are quick to pursue restoration, and they live peaceably with those around them. They remain faithful in times of great trials. These quiet deeds display faith louder than words.

James encouraged the believers to use this kind of measure to judge not only others, but themselves as well. He faithfully warned his readers not to be like the hypocrites, but instead to be transformed to develop true godly habits. We would do well to heed his words.

Quiet your mind and ask the Lord to reveal your true faith.

Elizabeth Rhyno is a wife and mom, life and faith coach, wellness entrepreneur, and worship pastor. She is a champion for helping people let joy loose by uncovering their God-designed purpose.

© 2024 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.