September 19, 2014

Faith and Works

A man fell in a deep pit, and he couldn’t climb out. Here are the reactions from people who passed by the pit: 
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.
An optimist told the man, “Things could be worse.”
A pessimist told the man, “Things will get worse.”
A “fire and brimstone” preacher said, “You deserve 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 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, until . . . Jesus found the man in the deep pit and rescued him.

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?”