There are some strange team mascots out there,
but perhaps none stranger the mascot of Scottsdale
Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their
mascot is none other than the mighty…artichoke.
Can you imagine yourself at a ball game screaming
at the top of your lungs, “Go ‘Chokes!”
It is amusing sometimes the way some people go all
out to show their support for their favorite team. Hats,
shirts, jackets, car decals, coffee mugs, and whatever
else are plastered with team logos and purchased by
people who want everybody else to know who they
are pulling for. They display their regalia to show
whose side they are on.
Similarly, Christians are to display our “regalia” to
show Whose side we are on. One of the essential
pieces of the Christian’s regalia is good works (Matthew 5:16).
In the book of James, we are taught the importance
of good works, not for salvation, but as evidence of
salvation. Good works are the expression of genuine
faith. James goes so far as to state that a faith that does
not produce good works is not genuine saving faith.
Good works cannot save, but those who are saved must
show good works.