James, who was likely the brother of Jesus, poses a significant question in his letter to people of faith: What good is it (your understanding of faith) if it does not have practical application to helping people in their day to day lives? This, of course, is my version of the question but make no mistake, James makes it clear that dismissing people’s physical needs is unacceptable. It is not an option rather, it is our faith.
So when Church of the Master co-hosts a job fair, (Held this coming Saturday at Chapelwood Elementary from 10-1) some might say that it is a secondary kind of thing or, even, what does that have to do with our faith? James would say, “It is everything!” Likewise, the church is well known for handing things out. This is not a bad thing by any means, but can we go beyond that? Can we teach people life skills and values, and provide resources that will equip them to be able to work, manage their finances, and live well in the community? These are great things, honorable things and, yes, certainly biblical things.
My guess is that James learned this rather directly from his brother Jesus.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 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?
If you are interested in helping with the job fair just show up and, of course, we hope that all of you will be praying for great success!