James is writing a letter to 1st century Jewish Christians who are now living in Gentile communities. The book that he wrote is considered the most practical book on Christian living. He asks a major question: “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14).
James is saying silent faith does not point people to Christ … our faith must turn into actions. He later says, “Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds” (James 2:18). You words … your behavior … show people Jesus – or at least is supposed to.
Faith is the starting point. Behavior is the sustaining point. Each of us needs to make sure that our actions our validating our faith and not vilifying it. Everything we say and do reveal what we believe within our hearts.
Scripture declares, “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act …” (Matthew 7:16). You see, your actions validate your faith. You are known by what you do … not what you think or hope.
Your actions are so important. Your actions can shine Jesus or hide Jesus from your family and friends.