Does your work effort match your faith?

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So I’ve been working on launching this website for over four months now. What started as a way to feed myself spiritually, has transformed into something that I hope will nourish others at the same time. Throughout this process, there have, of course, been ups and downs. But one of the things that has kept me going is the harsh reality nothing in my life will change if I don’t make it change.

And in writing out my feelings, which initiated this post, I’ve realized the verse that I should marinate on for this month is the one that says “faith without works is dead”. As I went to look it up I was surprised that this principle was repeated multiple times in different ways. So because this is the first post of this month I’ve included all the verses below.

James 2:14-26 (New King James Version)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus 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 without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

I can’t believe I didn’t use this scripture as the first scripture especially considering the name of this website. (Pray for me y’all, I can be a little special.) I’ve heard this scripture quite a few times, but I’ve only recently, like literally in the middle of writing this post, have read the entire passage. And the meaning of the entire passage is just as clear as the verse I’ve heard many times. In reading the entire section, however, I’ve been reminded of other Bible stories that I’ve heard that prove that faith alone does not help anyone become successful or achieve a goal. So, as I continue my personal journey and the journey of creating this digital destination for you, I say to myself and to you “Keep working!” No matter what. Yes of course, we will need to review our plans, methods, and processes of getting things done, but we can’t lose our momentum.

There have been times as I’ve been developing this website and dealing with my tasks and projects that my momentum has gone down. But I’ve never allowed it to go to zero. I’ve never let the flame go out. And that’s what I’m convinced I must do to achieve all my goals. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between stopping and pausing to regroup or reassess your approach. I’m convinced that if we are still encouraged to keep learning, developing, and creating, then we have not lost the momentum we will need to complete our projects, achieve our goals, or create the life that we desire for ourselves.

  • Brenda McDaniel

    Thanks for this site! Many of us have to be reminded of the things we already know, but we get so caught up we forget. I will try to remember to always reassess my approach. Continue the good works!

    • Nia K. N. Jackson

      You’re totally right we all need reminders. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to tell your friends about the site!

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