Jun 20, 2019
Faith is meant to be productive. I know that sounds odd because faith is usually juxtaposed with works. As Christians, we’ve had it drummed into our heads that salvation is based on faith alone and is not the result of works. That way, none of us has any reason to brag or boast. But faith not only requires an object, but an objective. It is to produce fruit. When Jesus Christ died for our sins, He did so that we might experience newness of life. And for that to happen, He sent His Spirit to come and take up residence within us. It is the Spirit who produces fruitfulness from our faithfulness. The more we rely on His presence and power, the more fruit we will bear, all to the glory of God the Father. While some have pitted James and Paul against one another, claiming that each seems to contradict the other, they are actually saying the very same thing but from slightly different perspectives. Faith is always fruitful.