E100 Devotion – Day 94

August 7, 2012

Reading: James 1-2

If you were looking for a pear tree, you might notice that it was much like any other trees, it would have a sturdy trunk and plenty of foliage, but it’s most defining characteristic is that it would have pears. James is not saying that “our works or fruits” save us, rather that they identify the reality and existence of our faith. We are all saved by grace through faith and all genuine faith produces works or fruit when it is in the heart, not just the head.

“Head faith” only is like a body without a spirit, it is dead. Head faith is dead faith. Dead faith is corrupted or defiled faith, very similar to corrupted or defiled religion. Pure religion is not a philosophy or way a way of thinking, it is a way of living and it produces actions, not just emotions.

John the Baptist came to expose the unfruitful defiled religion of the Jews in much the same way as James who was speaking to the Jewish Believers who were so easily able to be deceived again.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
Luke 3:9-10

Notice, they asked in response “what must we do?”

Faith without doing is dead. What we do does not give us eternal life, only what Jesus did brings eternal life. What we do shows that we have eternal life that resulted from faith. Our works don’t create eternal life, they reveal it!

Our fruitfulness reveals our attachment.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without

 me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

 

Being a consumer of Christianity does not prove you are a Christian. Bearing the fruit of Christianity reveals our attachment to Christ and glorifies our Heavenly Father.


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