Nobody likes the person who is all talk. Whether they be the expert on everything or the person who has an opinion on anything, if they aren’t backing it up with action, you lose your credibility. Walk your talk. That is what James tells us to do. Make sure your actions back up what you believe. If not, your faith may be dead.
In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.”
Action Behind Belief
James was the half brother of Jesus, along with being the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. It is easy to detect by reading his epistle that he was a no-nonsense guy who got straight to the point. Here he tells everyone your faith is dead if works don’t accompany it. The whole basis of faith is to put action behind belief. As Christians, we back up what we believe by what we do. If we say we believe by our actions don’t show it, we aren’t walking our talk.
It is always important to remind people that our works don’t earn our salvation, nor do they help us to gain even more favor with God. Our works are always a response to what God has done in our lives. Our service to Jesus should always be out of the overflow of His love working in our hearts. If we are hesitant to serve, it means there is either fear or selfishness that is preventing it. This is where all the excuse stems from.
Walk Your Talk
If you say that you are a believer in Jesus and you are doing the good works commanded in Scripture, you may be all talk. As a believer, you walk your talk. Faith is better shown than spoken. Get out there and serve your Lord and watch as your faith explodes. Over time you will see God work things out in your heart that you haven’t been able to get done on your own.