October 13 A Bowl of Hot Soup

Scripture reading: James 2:14–20

Key verse: James 2:20

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

While believers realize good works do not bring salvation, we all sometimes act as if we don’t realize salvation should bring good works. You were saved by grace through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. You didn’t work for it and could not have earned it if you tried. However, you can offer expressions of gratitude to God with your conduct and character. Scholar Warren Wiersbe shares a wonderful example:

A pastor friend told about a Christian lady who often visited a retirement home near her house. One day she noticed a lonely man sitting, staring at his dinner tray. In a kindly manner she asked, “Is something wrong?”

“Is something wrong!” replied the man in a heavy accent. “Yes, something is wrong! I am a Jew, and I cannot eat this food!”

“What would you like to have?” she asked.

“I would like a bowl of hot soup!”

She went home and prepared the soup and, after getting permission from the office, took it to the man. In succeeding weeks, she often visited him and brought him the kind of food he enjoyed and eventually she led him to faith in Christ. Yes, preparing soup can be a spiritual sacrifice, a good work to the glory of God.

Good works often leave someone indebted enough to lend you his ears.

Lord, show me ways to do good to those in need around me.[1]



[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 300). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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