August 17, 2014

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James 2:14-18

Living for Jesus is to be a way of life for every Christian.

It is to be applies in everything that we do. It should describe our character. It is to be demonstrated in the way we talk, the way we get along with others, and in the way we care for and pray for others.

For a Christian, the way we live begins with a relationship with God through our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. “We love The Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind.” And, the author of the book of James goes on to remind us of the second great commandment according to Jesus. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

James 1:27 reminds us of our responsibility to care for those who are week such as the orphans and the widows. He begins chapter two telling us not to show favoritism.

Now, in 2:15-16, James shares an illustration of a brother and a sister in Christ who need benevolent help. They need food and clothing. The writer asks us, ” What good is it if we simply say ‘go in peace, be warm and be filled’ and we do not give them what is necessary'”?

James wants us to show our faith. But, so did Jesus. The Lord said, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You? ’ “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” (‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭34-40‬ HCSB)

Understand that what we as Christians do, we do out of a gratitude for what Christ has done for us. He suffered and died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, and then He was raised from the dead for you and me. Therefore, I owe Him my life, so I live for Jesus in all that I do.

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