- Believing isn’t enough. Sacrificial giving is proof of believing
faith. This doesn’t mean that we buy our salvation at all; it merely means
that the proof that we have obtained the real thing is that the true
Spirit of God will lead us into a life of sacrifice and not a life of
demanding blessings on our behalf. To refuse to sacrificially give of
oneself on a consistent basis is a sign that the Spirit of God is not
resident in within us. We may indeed be a ‘believer’ in the death, burial
and resurrection as are the demons, but the regenerating power of the Holy
Spirit no more resides in the person that refuses to sacrifice for their
savior than it does in the demons that do Satan’s biding.
- As examples of what evidence of saving faith looks like, James uses
Abraham and Rahab. Abraham was willing to sacrifice the life of his own
son in which all of the future promises of God rested and Rahab was
willing to sacrifice her own life if necessary in order to help others.
James is clearly saying that true faith lays everything on the line and
clings to nothing of this earth.
- Teachers will be judged more strictly than others and they have a
power and influence over others with their words like no others. They will
either provide direction or destruction with their teaching.
- False wisdom is filled with envy and selfish ambition and results
in every type of evil imaginable. Wisdom that is from God is: pure,
peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. True
wisdom was embodied in Jesus Christ and should be a part of the DNA of
- The early change had the same problem that the church has in the 21st
century – they quarreled among themselves. The reason they quarreled in
the time of James is exactly the same reason that they quarrel today –
power struggles. The solution: Submit to God; Resist the temptations of
the enemy; Draw near to God through the study of His Word; Come clean;
Grieve over your sin; Humble yourself.
- We need to realize that we need each other to build the kingdom. We need to set aside our own agenda and start putting God in the driver’s seat.