James 2:14 (NKJV)
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
As a child, I remember very clearly doing really dumb stuff without thinking about the consequences. Jumping over seven or eight kids laying on the ground with my rollerblades, running full-speed into a crowd to save a ball from going out of bounds, traveling 96 miles per hour down the interstate… just really dumb stuff without any calculation of profit. How often do we just jump into a certain situation without thinking about the consequences? Stick with me here, I am not just confessing past sins, eventually, we will get to the point.
Do We Ever Think?
How much different would our lives look if we stopped to think about the profit? A business is only successful if it stops, determines value, and then proceeds with a plan. Our walk with the Lord should be approached in very much the same way.
When we stop to consider the profit, we can sometimes determine whether a particular situation should be either invested in or avoided altogether. Stopping to think about the impact our actions will have upon our character, our righteousness, and our overall walk can help us better determine the profit or lack thereof.
Saying We Have Faith
This world is full of hollow words, we often break promises as fast as we make them. Our words have become rather useless. It is easy for us to claim many things. I can claim to be a doctor, but if you need medical assistance, you better avoid me. I can claim to be an athlete, but my 20-years out of shape body would say otherwise. I can claim to be a wonderful person, well, I am kind of nice so there is a little truth to that. The point is, there is no profit in simply saying we have faith… the world needs to see it! We have to back up our talk, with a steadfast walk.
What does it look like to do the work of Christ, to back up our hollow words with meaningful action? It looks a lot like love. We must love those around us, give of ourselves, to care for God’s children! What better example of Christ than to cater to people’s true earthly needs while leading them to their eternal promise!
What is the profit in love? Everything.
Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.