v 13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honourable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.
Many of you may well remember (!) Maths problems at school when at the end you wrote triumphantly QED. You had proved something. You started with some basic information, performed a few magic mathematical tricks, and then, lo and behold, you wrote x = 9, QED.
Now, sadly, I have marked many Maths Exams where that kind of statement has appeared, and I have muttered to myself ‘Oh no you haven’t!’ All the gobbledegook and illogical geometry has proved absolutely nothing!
James challenges us about that kind of thing in the Christian life and goes on to give three things that will enable us to add QED to our Christian witness.
You say you are a Christian, you know God and want to live his way then prove it by living an honourable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. That is very challenging, as we do know that some evidence or proof of what we say is needed.
Reflect on these qualities as you go through the day.
living an honourable life A straightforward life maintaining high moral standards so that no accusing finger can be pointed at you.
doing good works Actions that speak of kindness, adding benefit to the lives of those around you.
humility that comes from wisdom Not proud or arrogant but knowing your dependence on God and being willing to give way to others
When you come to the end of the day ask yourself whether you can write QED; has your conduct today proved the genuine nature of your faith.