question so to make the learner to think deeper about their faith that they profess. Jamesanswers this question a little earlier in the same chapter in James 2:18 when he said "Yea,a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works,and I will shew thee my faith by my works." There is a difference that James isillustrating by this statement.Some people professing a belief in Jesus Christ fail to understand that faith is a gift of God through the Holy Spirit. These people believe that they must strive to carry outworks of their hands to prove their righteousness and faith in God, but the true born-againChristian have listened to the Word of God and understands that true faith is shown not by their own striving to perform good works by their own hands, but through no effort of their own, God will work through them by the Holy Spirit and the works that follow willnaturally come by God working in their lives. A born-again believer trust (have faith) thatGod is the person doing the work and they are the vessel that he has chosen to do thework in and through.Another example of this lesson can be found in the Book of Genesis through the story of brothers Cain and Abel. A summary of the story is that Cain and Abel wanted to bring anoffering to the Lord God, so Cain was a farmer and he worked with his hands and Abelwas a shepherd and tended his flock of sheep. Cain worked and toiled in the field tilling, planting, sowing and brings in the harvest, while his brother Abel watched over his sheepand watched out for their safety from predators. Cain trusted in his own labor to bring ina harvest so he could bring a gift to the Lord God and Abel trusted in the Lord God to provide him a gift that would be pleasing to the Lord God.When the harvest had come, Cain went out and brought in the harvest. He chose byhimself what to bring to the Lord God as a gift and brought his offering to the Lord,which did not please the Lord God. And, Cain became angry with the Lord, because after all, he thought that after working and toiling all day in the hot sun, tilling the hard groundand sowing all his seed, then doing his best to pick out a gift to offer to the Lord - after allof this hard labor the Lord is not pleased.On the other hand, Abel waited on the Lord God to provide a good gift that Abel couldgive as an offering. Abel spent all day watching after the sheep. He protected the sheepfrom predators and moved the sheep to green pastures and led them to refreshing water,so that the sheep would continue to grow as a flock and produce good fruit in the way of wool and newborn sheep. Abel understood that the Lord God gave him a responsibility, astewardship over the things that God had given to him to watch over and to protect untilthe Lord God came for them. Abel probably spent much of his day sitting under a shadetree in the heat of the day watching over the sheep and when the time came, he acted onthe sheep's behalf by leading them to food and water so that they were kept feed. Abeldid nothing more than those duties that the Lord God had given him to do to care for hissheep. Abel did not strive to produce a gift for the Lord God with his own hands. He didnot try to decide what gift he was going to choose to offer the Lord God when the timecame to present the gift. He just tended the sheep and trusted in the Lord God to providehim with a gift that would be pleasing to the God.