“How do you know my goldfish is dead?” my sister, who was five years younger, asked me.
“Because he is floating belly-up.” I explained.
“Maybe he is swimming upside down.”
“No, see he is all stiff and pale colored.” I showed her as I held the fish in my hand. “The other goldfish have nice color, swim around and are not floating upside down. This one doesn’t move. See the difference?”
She eventually understood, but was not happy with the news. She began to understand that there was a difference between the living and the dead.
Sometimes I would see a fish struggling to stay upright. I would stop swimming and start to flip upside down. Then it would suddenly right itself and swim again. This must be exhausting because eventually the fish would give up and let death take it.
Faith that is unproductive is belly-up. It is not showing any signs of life. The point of this verse is to notice the signs of dying faith and set out to get right with God. My faith does not have to die. God can revitalize it.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.” James 2:26.
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