Re:Verse reading–James 2:14-26 (day one)
“If a brother or sister is without clothing. . .and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary . . .what use is that?”–v 16
A question that a pragmatist would love. A solid standard by which religion must always be evaluated. What’s the use?
Ophelos is the Greek word. It mean’t “advantage or profit or progress”. Same word that Jesus used in Mark 8:36. “What does it profit (opheleo) a man if he gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
So. . .(is your honest hat on?) If we bottom-lined your faith, would the world show a profit? “I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”–Abraham Lincoln. OK, but what about your neighbor, your city, your church? What useful thing will come to the world this week because you believe?