“. . . in which you shine . . . like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15).
“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
My new Flourishing Faith Bible study Shine Your Light explores service, compassion, justice, action . . . the doing side of our faith. Take time to journey through this excerpt as we wrap up our discussion on doing.
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“I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18b). Faith—believing in the good news—is intricately interconnected with action. Just as faith demonstrates itself in works, works proclaim our faith to the world. Our actions, demeanor, words, character, and way of life declare a message!
. . . One powerful theme interwoven throughout the book of James is that what we believe ought to show itself in what we do and how we act:
• We’re to truly listen to God’s Word and respond by doing what it says (1:22-25)
• As believers in our compassionate, just, and merciful God, we’re to live the good news by caring for the poor, vulnerable, and overlooked (1:27; 2:1-13).
• Living the gospel means loving our neighbors as ourselves—and that includes seemingly “unimportant” people (2:1-13).
• Belief in the gospel demonstrates itself in our actions (2:14-26).
• Our actions and demeanor reveal that we are aligned with a new way of thinking as we live by values “from above” (3:13, 17-18).
• When God leads us to do good, it’s imperative that we respond (4:17).
• Materialism and injustice toward the poor are absolutely contrary to the gospel (5:1-6).
• Intimacy with God through prayer empowers a gospel-transformed life (5:13-20).
. . . What can you do today to proclaim the gospel through action? Continue reading