James 2:17 - Converted in Thought and Deed.

James 2:17 (NKJV) Thus also faith by itself, 
if it does not have works, is dead. 

James 2:17 (NLT) So you see, faith by itself 
isnt enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is 
dead and useless.  

James 2:17 (AMP) So also faith, if it does 
not have works (deeds and actions of obedience 
to back it up), by itself is destitute of power 
(inoperative, dead).  


We cannot earn our salvation by serving and 
obeying God. But such actions show that our 
commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving service are 
not a substitute for, but rather a verification 
of, our faith in Christ.  [Life Application SB] 

   As you read these verses, you may become 
a bit confused. "I thought all I needed was 
faith to be saved. Now I'm reading that faith 
alone doesn't save me?" As you study the Bible, 
remember that God never contradicts himself. Don't 
take a verse out of context; instead, examine it 
in the context of the passage and the entire 
   Paul wrote: "We are made right with God 
through faith and not by obeying the law" (Romans 
3:28). James says we are "shown to be right with 
God by what we do, not by faith alone" (James 
2:24,). The two are not contradictory. True saving 
faith will manifest itself in a life of good 
works. Faith is what is required to get into God's 
kingdom. But true faith never stands alone. It always 
produces a changed life. Now, your life will not 
change to perfection overnight. In fact, this side 
of heaven, you'll never attain perfection. But 
now that Christ has given you new life in him, 
you will continue to grow in your desire to 
please him more and your sinful nature less. Good 
works will flow naturally from your life in 
Christ. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 
Jam. 2:14-24] 


   There is a vast difference between 
intellectual belief and the total conversion that saves 
the soul. To be sure, there must be a change in 
our thinking and intellectual acceptance of 
   But beyond intellectual and emotional 
experience, Christ demands a change in the way you live. 
Certainly there will be a change in the elements that 
make up emotion when you come to Christ - hate 
and love will be involved, because you will 
begin to hate sin and love righteousness. Your 
affections will undergo a revolutionary change. Your 
devotion to Him will know no bounds. Your love for 
Him cannot be described. 
   Even if you have an intellectual 
acceptance of Christ and an emotional experience, that 
still is not enough. There must be the conversion 
of the will! There must be that determination 
to obey and follow Christ. Our main desire must 
be to please Him. It is a total commitment to 
Jesus Christ, who takes up residence in your heart 
through His Holy Spirit. 
   Is your faith expressed through your 
will? [Peace for Each Day by Billy Graham] 


"Get in the Wheelbarrow"
   The Great Blondin, probably the Evel 
Knievel of his day, was notorious for his 
incredible, death-defying acts. On one occasion, he 
strung a tightrope across the Niagara Falls. As a 
crowd gathered, he stood before them and said, 
"How many of you believe that I, the Great 
Blondin, can walk across this tightrope to the other 
   They all said, "We believe! We believe!" 
So he walked across the tightrope and came back 
again. The people applauded, thrilled by his 
death-defying feat. 
   Then he said, "How many of you believe 
that I, the Great Blondin, can not only walk back 
across that tightrope, but this time do it while I 
push a wheelbarrow?" 
   "We believe!" they yelled louder, wanting 
to see him do this. 
   Then he said, "How many of you really 
believe it?" 
   "Oh, we really believe it!" they shouted 
back. One man was yelling a little bit louder than 
all the others, so the Great Blondin pointed to 
him and said, "Then get in the wheelbarrow." The 
man quickly disappeared. 
   That's how a lot of people are today. 
We'll say, "I believe! I believe!" But how many 
are truly willing to get into God's wheelbarrow, 
so to speak? Some people have a pseudofaith but 
not real belief as the Bible would require. It 
is, therefore, of the greatest importance that 
we know what true faith is. The book of James 
points out there is such a thing as a phony or dead 
faith. And any declaration of faith that does not 
result in a changed life and good works is a false 
declaration. It is faith alone that justifies. But faith 
that justifies can never be alone. [Every Day 
with Jesus by Greg Laurie re vss. 14-17] 

Real Faith is More Than What You Feel
   Right now its estimated that over 40 
million people in the United States are unemployed. 
Some of them need food. Some of them are 
wondering how theyll pay their rent or mortgage. 
And they need to know that theyre not 
forgotten, that they can count on others for support. 
   Its not enough to just tell them how 
sorry we are for their circumstances. Or to send 
out a tweet with a pious clich.  
   Empathy isnt enough. They need real 
   James says real faith is more than well 
wishes. Imagine if you walked up to someone in a 
food line and said, Hey, I feel for you. Hang 
in there. Cheer up. Don't worry, be happy. 
Doesnt that ring hollow in such desperate 
circumstances? They dont just need your words; they need 
   Genuine faith is practical. It gets 
involved in peoples needs. 
   Jesus demonstrated this kind of faith. He 
didnt just empathize with our pain and 
predicament. He came to earth to do something about the 
sin that separated us from God. 
   1 John 3:16 says, Suppose someone has 
enough to live and sees a brother or sister in 
need, but does not help. Then Gods love is not 
living in that person (NCV).  
   Your response to the pain of the people 
in your community will show the world what you 
believe. For instance, at Saddleback Church, weve 
launched drive-thru food pantries. With just one of 
those we were able to feed 840 families in one 
day. Your church may already be doing something 
similar but imagine what would happen if every 
congregation did this right now. 
   Genuine faith produces compassion. It 
says, I will help you with your burden and show 
you the love of Christ. Our faith is seen by 
what we do. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/ re vss. 15-17.] 


James 2:17 - Faith and Works.