You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.

James’s theme throughout his book is that genuine faith produces a genuine life. He wrote to Christian Jews to help them understand that you can’t have “religion” without a “relationship.” James wanted to make it clear that our action is evidence of our faith. You can’t have one without the other. Faith and works go hand-in-hand. They compliment each other and are both necessary in the Christian’s life. Real faith is a vibrant faith. To illustrate this truth, James pointed to the life of Abraham.

Abraham heard God. Abraham believed God. Abraham acted on that belief. Abraham followed God. His faith compelled him to active obedience.

His faith gave him an intimate relationship with his Creator. What an incredible privilege Abraham had. To be called the “friend of God” trumps any other title we could gain.

• What enabled Abraham to exhibit such faith in God?

• How is this same level of faith available to all who follow Jesus today?

• Pray and thank God for His faithfulness. Spend time reflecting on specific instances of God’s faithfulness in your life.