If one of you says to him, Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead - James 2:16-17 NIV
I remember the time that my cousins and I along with a good friend were going to a concert that featured several of our favorite acts. We got to the venue with our tickets and just before entering, some of us noticed that one of the headliners had cancelled and wouldn't be performing. We were disappointed and three of us, after discussing the pros and cons, decided that we would accept the refund that they were offering and save the money for another show. Unfortunately, there were 4 of us in the group and one (I won't say who, but it wasn't me) had gone ahead of us and entered the gate and given his ticket to the usher. Because his ticket consisted of two parts and was torn, he wasn't eligible for a refund. It had to be a whole ticket in order for the refund to be issued. Suffice to say, we all went to the concert that night.
Our lives parallel that two part ticket experience that was vital to receiving our refunds that night. We needed both parts of the ticket to be successful in accomplishing our desired objective. James talks about the importance of possessing two equal parts in the scripture above when he discusses the fact that faith without works is dead. James states that a workless faith is a faith that's worthless. Faith and works go hand in hand with each other. Those people that watch us who are Christians are most influenced by the good works that result from your faith. The good works that you perform as a result of your faith glorifies your Father in heaven and can be the difference between a non believer starting down the path of accepting Christ or continuing to live their lives in the darkness. Faith and works permeates every part of our lives from the relationships with our families and friends to our effectiveness in the workplace. You have to have these two items in order to demonstrate the truth that good authentic faith always has good works that accompany it. Just like the body needs nourishment to function at an optimum level, so also does good works need strong faith to function effectively. Integrating this principle has a profound effect on those around us and can influence our families for generation to come. Living this principle has the opportunity to change this world. Please start now with getting your two part ticket of faith and works together so that you will be able to live the life that Christ calls us to.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.