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Wednesday Devotion: Speak Louder Than Words




The book of James captivates me for good reason: its author grew up with Jesus! As Jesus’ half-brother, James had a front row seat to Christ's teachings and actions. After witnessing Jesus' faith in motion, James makes a bold proclamation: "Faith without deeds is dead." There's no life or substance in faith without living it out. You simply can't separate true belief from actively practicing what you preach. James writes with conviction because he walked with the Master. His words carry weight because he knows firsthand that real faith transforms lives. When we read James, we’re hearing an insider's perspective - someone intimately acquainted with Jesus' message and mission. James challenges me to examine my beliefs and align my actions. His confidence stems from personal experience, and it leaps off the page.


Actions speak louder than words. What we actually do reveals our true beliefs far more than what we say.


When Jesus called His disciples, He simply said, "Follow Me." Watch Me. Do as I do. The Sermon on the Mount is full of actions that guide us into genuine faith. For instance, if you want to become more generous, go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41). It doesn't matter if you "feel" generous or not. "BE" generous and observe your heart progressively growing in generosity over time. You can even start with a bad attitude. If we had to wait until we felt like doing good to act, we'd be in serious trouble.


I have a challenge for you today: go out of your way to help someone. Put someone else's needs before your own. Inconvenience yourself to lend a helping hand. Serve someone in need, and pay attention to how it makes you feel. I'm willing to bet you'll be pleasantly surprised by the rush of joy and fulfillment that comes from selfless service. When we focus less on ourselves and more on others, our hearts fill with compassion. Helping others sparks a warmth and lightness in the soul. So don't wait around - go be someone's hero today! I promise the rewards will be greater than you can imagine.


Scripture

James 2:14-18

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 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[a] is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

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