Ditch the superiority! – James 2:19 | 2-minute daily bible meditation


Let’s meditate today on James 2:19. James as ever keeps our spirituality grounded in reality!

James 2:19
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I do like James. He’s not easily impressed. This is James chapter 2, verse 19. You believe that God is one, you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

Sometimes we might be rather self satisfied that we’ve got our doctrine right, and that we believe the right things, and that we are aligned with the right people. And James says, I’m really not that interested. Okay, great, you know the right doctrine. But what is the evidence of your faith in your life? Are you showing that you are a believer?

This is, to use the cliche, where the rubber hits the road. It’s not enough to have the right set of beliefs. It is not enough to believe in our own hearts that we are righteous before God. Unless our faith is shown through the way our lives play out, it’s empty faith, says James.

The evidence of Christ working through us will be apparent to those around us. If others look at our lives, are they simply concerned with whether or not we believe the right things? Or are they concerned to see what we do as followers of Jesus? It’s the latter, isn’t it?

And if you’re anything like me and inclined to live in your head a bit, this is another good reminder that that’s not all there is to life. Let us live effective lives in the kingdom of God.

Lord God, thank you that you remind us that we must live for you. And that life will be seen by others as a testimony to your gospel and your good work in us. We want the glory to go to you at all times, Father. And please help us, diligently, to follow you and the example of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

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