What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead? But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demon believe that - and shudder.

In this passage James contrasts the difference between two types of faith: with or without deeds. His point being that if our faith is real, then deeds/actions should naturally flow from our faith. Simply put, a real faith in Jesus will affect our actions.

As an education major I would get up everyday and tell my students that I was proud of them. I believed in them. I had faith in them that they could not only pass 8th grade math but they could succeed, inside and out of the classroom. I believed that they were good students, learners, and kids. Now that is great that I verbally showed my confidence in them but what if my actions showed something different? With that what if I gave failing grades and refused to help them? I refused to stay after school to re-teach any material? My faith without actions would be dead. No student would believe that I was proud of them, that I had faith in them.

I challenge you to walk in the real faith that is alive-today, this week, this year. Ask yourself the question “what would Jesus do?” To know what Jesus would do you need to know who He is. Know His character. Know that He loves you. We know Him by reading His word, praying and just spending time with Him. Whether it is cleaning your roommate’s dirty dishes or loving your parents in ways that they best receive - I challenge you to let your actions flow directly from your faith and love you have in the Lord.

Lord, thank you for being a really good father. I pray that in the transition from home to college it would be easy to walk in your truth. That there would be a deeper hunger to know who You are and a stronger desire to want to be more Christ-like. Whether it be in the dorms, in the dining halls or in class that you would be the one who guides us everyday, that we would be trusting in You and Your holy word and our actions would so naturally continue flow from your truth. Amen

- Ashley Gibson