Faith Without Works
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:20 (NKJV)
Faith used to be my biggest challenge--not works. My life was full of work: hard work, creative work, other people's work, work on top of work. I was married to my work and the mother of my work. Always on call. Never enough. Could I do it, finish it, master it? Of course not.
Therefore, my life was full of fear: fear of failure. Faith cannot co-exist with fear. Thankfully, my measure of faith was not killed, but dramatically overshadowed.
Others may have the opposite problem. They come from families of believers and are raised on songs of praise and glory. They speak faith-based words and know the Bible. But their actions and choices do not reflect their faith. Their faith shows no works.
Before AMTC became Actors, Models, & Talent for Christ, we were a positive and effective company. We attracted many talented Christians. When it came to callbacks and follow-up, to 'walking the walk,' we saw a variety of responses. From, 'Yes! I'm on my way,' to, 'If God wants me to pursue my talent, He will make a way and provide the means.' While I agree with this statement, it is also true that faith without works is dead.
When David was in hiding--waiting to become a king, he worked his faith. He grew his troops, strength, wisdom, and leadership skills. When Joseph was in captivity waiting to become a ruler, he worked his faith. He grew his administrative talents and rose in prominence.
Yes, God can do the impossible. He performs miracles every day. Yet I believe we must do everything possible, using the abilities and circumstances He has given us. Walking through the doors He opens. Being diligent in our pursuit of excellence.
Why should He do for us what we can do for ourselves? We start running. Then God helps us soar.
As it is written, 'Work out your own salvation' (Philippians 2:12). Yes, Jesus paid the price--but our degree of success and star potential as Christ followers is determined by both faith and work.