James 2:18-20 reminds us that Faith is not really faith at all unless it leads to service. The proof of life is activity, those who are dead do nothing but lay around and decay. We need to understand that knowing and understanding orthodox doctrine is no guarantee of salvation; even the demons are orthodox in the sense of knowing and acknowledging truth about God, Not only are you lost if you are not willing to allow the truth of the gospel to motivate you to service for the Lord, you are foolish to believe that a declaration of faith is enough to guarantee your salvation. It is not WHAT we know that brings us salvation, it is WHO we know, and your commitment to who you know will be displayed by what you do! We must understand that faith and works are not mutually exclusive! Salvation is by faith alone, but that faith is more than an agreement that Christ died on the cross for our sin, That faith is the beginning of a new life of service. The motivation for our service is gratitude to the Lord for what He has done for me. I don’t do the things I do for the people (although they benefit by what I am doing), I deo what I do because I am grateful for the working of the Lord in my life. May we evaluate what we do, and consider the words of Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”