A Stiff Corpse

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself (James 2).

Faith and works are two sides of the same coin—and who has ever seen a one-sided coin? There is only one kind of faith that saves, and that is the faith that has works along with it. Faith should indeed turn its back on works in order to find salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), yet it cannot help but embrace works—which shows it indeed has already it (Ephesians 2:10).

Offering platitudes like “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled”—without also giving peace and warmth and filling—are repugnant to the one with true faith. Christians not only believe—they also do. Indeed, is it not the doing (body movement) that shows that a person is truly alive and not lifeless? Faith without works is nothing but a stiff corpse.

Lord, Help us This Day to show that we are not spiritually stiff corpses. Amen.