Faith Without Works

Faith Without Works-What Does it Profit?

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-26 New King James Version

How true is that passage?

We have been making donations to various causes for awhile. The problem is that the most charities seem to spend a lot on fund-raising. Organizational self-perpetuating seems to be their primary goal. How much really goes to those who need it? The process seemed remote and removed, so we have found ways to help specific folks with specific problems. What a difference!

If each of us sees what an impact we can individually make, we can truly change the culture and the world. Being able to witness this directly is a blessing. The giver gets more out it, for sure. Otherwise, according to the Bible, faith without works is dead. What do you think?


As it approaches, Mother’s Day is time to reflect. I know the tremendous impact my Mother has had on me and I am eternally grateful. Her unconditional love and patience is nothing short of miraculous, especially considering that she has a hyperactive music geek as a son!

Mothers are the glue that keeps it all together. They don’t get time off-ever. Mothers have precious little time for themselves. They are the family’s logistics, supply chain, scheduling, and maintenance specialists. Selfless is the perfect description. Multi-tasking? Bring it on! When she says, “Jump!” though, you’d better listen! My Mother is all that and more!

Not every one has the same life experience. Hopefully, time will heal those wounded and they will still choose to find happiness. It is still there for all of us, you know.

I want to honor my Mother today. Thank you so much Mom, for your shining life’s example. Your faith has many works, indeed! I love you!

© 2019 J. Mark Witters

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