Jas 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
Just a quick note to say that this verse was on my screen today. The thought occurred to me that in James’ question, which is really to ask if there is any value in a faith that does not have works, that we might also ask that question: What profit is there in faith?
Much in every way, because it is by faith that we are saved. But we tend to look not at the things which are not seen but at the things which are seen. We focus on the reality around us and become near sighted to the point of blindness, we wander around with doubts and fears, we look at the winds and storms of life and think…It is not worth it.
Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Notice that word “worthy”. Is it worth it? the problems we have are not worth the comparison. Is it worth the pain of child birth to bring in a new child into this world? The pain is not worth comparing to the joy of a new child. Is it worth giving up what the world sees as profitable? The sacrifice is not worth the reward of Heaven. Was it worth it for Jesus to set aside his throne and his power and his life to die a horrible death on the cross? The loss is not worth comparing to the honor he has and the salvation we have?
What is the profit in Faith? Lots and lots….May your faith be a living one so that you receive that profit.