July 14, 2013

Faith and Works

A man fell in a deep pit, and he couldn’t climb out:
  • A subjective person came by and said, “I feel sorry for you.”
  • An objective person said, “You are in trouble. That’s a fact.”
  • An EPA agent asked the man if he had a permit to dig the pit.
  • An IRS agent asked the man if he was paying taxes on the pit.
  • A miserable person complained, “You should see my pit!”
  • An optimist told the man, “Things could be worse.”
  • A pessimist told the man, “Things will get worse.”
  • A practical person observed, “Now that is a pit!”
  • A “fire and brimstone” preacher said, “You deserve the pit.”
  • A therapist said, “Believe in yourself and you can get out of the pit.”
  • A psychiatrist said, “Tell me about your childhood.”
  • A mathematician calculated the depth of the pit.
  • A reporter took notes to write a story about the man in the pit.
  • A Christian who believed that faith and works are linked, took the man by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.

Everyone who found the man in the pit had an opinion about his plight, but none of them did anything about his dilemma.

In a letter considered to be a how-to book on Christian living, James, the brother of Jesus, wrote:
“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”
Most Christians have the belief part down.  The question is, “Have they broken a sweat doing something about it?”