If we are saved by grace and can’t earn it through works, why does James say faith without works is dead? Soooo confusing, right? Not necessarily. You didn’t ask for my take on this, but since I’m such a giver, here it is.
Salvation takes no work, besides humility. It cannot be earned through being good, or through works. Isn’t that awesome news?? Not one of us deserve it, and yet every single one of us can have it. It takes a realization that we need God and are ready to accept forgiveness for our past, even if we can’t forgive ourselves. It takes a realization that we need more, that life is bigger than we realize, and that we want a purpose. It’s free. And it couldn’t be more simple. It takes a moment. An acceptance. A brokenness. A plea for help. A cry for something more. A yearning for a Holy Spirit to guide and a relationship with the one who gave you breath.
This begins a life of faith. A life that seeks to honor God. A life that realizes that what the world’s been selling isn’t anything we want to buy. A life full of….work.
Salvation is free, but the fruit that we bear because of it takes work.
It takes constant introspection about our actions, how we are perceived, if our heart is right- even in doing good. It takes serving selflessly, which is harder than it sounds. It takes constant prayer, constant humility, and constant realizations and renewals. It takes work to develop a thick skin, as associating with Christianity you will come up against a lot of haters. You will also be labeled, sometimes rightly, a hater yourself. That’s where the constant introspection and awareness of motives comes in.
Faith is wonderful. But without works, it is indeed dead. He’s not saying you can’t have faith without works, he’s just saying it’s pointless.
And what are we without love? We are no more than an annoyance, a pest, the fly that keeps buzzing around and driving everyone nuts. And our works are then pointless.
Do the work. Show the love. Don’t be that fly.