Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Did You Know That Using Both Oars Is God’s Plan For Your Life?”
Picture yourself in this rowboat. Please notice that you have an oar to the left and an oar to the right of you. Let’s name the oar on the left as “faith” and the other oar as “works.”
How far do you think you’d get using only one oar?
If you use only one oar, you’ll just continue to go around in circles, never getting anywhere. But if you use both oars, your boat can successfully be navigated in the correct direction.
One of the greatest insights for victorious Christian living is found in the book of James. James 2:26 NASB says, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
As the body and soul are united as one to define life within a person, similarly faith and faithful activities or works are used to define the life of a born again and spirit-filled believer in Christ.
If good works are NOT being performed, it’s clear evidence that there’s no true and proper spiritual life or faith.Because if faith produces no fruit, it’s dead faith. James isn’t stating we don’t have real and genuine faith. No!!! All believers are justified through faith in Christ. We need faith to initially accept Christ, but the fruit of our faith is works. When others see our fruit, we are living examples of Christ.
Under the anointing of The Holy Spirit, James is declaring that genuine, growing faith will always result in or be accompanied by good works. As The Holy Spirit gives life to a believer, the love and grace of God through Christ stimulates us to walk by faith and then motivates us to righteous actions or activities.
Jesus himself declared in John 15:2, “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”
Our Lord Jesus was declaring that “Everyone who is a true follower of me, who is united to me by faith, derives grace and strength from me. Just as the branch gains life from the vine, you will have the life of my spirit within you, to continue doing my will to please God.”
The more a believer exercises faith in Christ, the more he or she is strengthened in his belief. The more he believes, the more he receives; and the more he receives, the more enabled he becomes in his work for God.
Obedience becomes a believer’s sheer delight, not done to obtain the applause of man, but to please his Lord and Savior because of the love and grace shown by God towards him. Because of God’s love in his heart, he allows Christ to work through him towards other men. And then these works become one of the main visible elements that will be outwardly seen through a believer’s life.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!