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FAITH

PAUL STAATS

James 2:17 “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Many of us know people who call themselves Christians because they feel that they are generally good people and/or doing good works. Paul Staats was one of those people. You see, Paul thought he’d bring glory to God by doing good works; but instead, when he was ridiculed for his faith he retaliated by getting into a fist fight and literally beating someone up. This act, in reality, showed that the reason he was doing good works wasn’t to glorify God; but rather, it was only to bring glory to himself.

Have you ever stopped to think about why you do a specific good deed or kind act toward others? How will you react when you go out of your way to do something nice for someone else and they turn around and ridicule and pick on you for it? Do you respond in a defensive or aggressive manor towards them, or do you respond in love towards them?

As Christians we are called to have faith in Jesus Christ and our faith should be seen through our actions. However, one will do well to remember that our actions or works should never be done for the purpose of giving ourselves a pat on the back or recognition for that act, but rather to give all the glory to the one and true God.

QUESTION 1. How do you see your faith and works working together for God’s glory?
QUESTION 2. Have there ever been times in your life that you were doing the right thing or right action towards someone, but you were doing it for the wrong reason? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: Look into your own life and pray for God to show you the ways you are seeking to bring glory to yourself rather than giving the glory to God. Don’t hesitate and allow God to strengthen your faith today!