In your everyday life, how much do you show your faith? Is your faith evidenced by what you do each day? Or do you show your faith only on Sundays?
I’m not asking if you preach the Gospel from the street corner every day. I’m asking if your everyday actions are intentionally a result of your faith.
James says that faith without works is dead faith (James 2:20). James also says that he shows his faith by his works (James 2:18). Here’s how Scripture can help you consider your ways to see how much you show your faith.
1. Faith without action does not benefit you.
Faith cannot be lived in a bubble. It must have a resulting action. Or else it will be of no benefit to you.
James says that the demons believe that there is one God and tremble (James 2:19). Just believing that God is God is not enough. The demons make that very clear.
Faith is not just an intellectual concept. Faith is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised. Or else it will atrophy.
2. Your actions reveal what you really believe.
Abraham was called the Friend of God. Because Abraham believed God. And it was credited to him as righteousness (James 2:23).
Abraham believed God’s promise to him that He would make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5-6). But Abraham not only believed God, he acted on what God said.
God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. And through his obedience, he acted on his faith. As a result, God blessed him and said all nations would be blessed—because of his obedience (Genesis 22:17-18)
3. Believe God enough to show your faith.
Paul says you should work out your own salvation (Philippians 2:12). God wants you to make the faith that is inside of you be evidenced outside of you.
By acting on your faith, you can show your faith. That means taking God at His word. That means obeying what the Scripture says.
When the Scripture says …
- do not worry (Philippians 4:6), then do not worry.
- trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5), then trust in the Lord with all your heart.
- love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27), then love your enemies.
God did not say these things in Scripture just to hear Himself talk. He said them for your benefit—and my benefit. If you acknowledge Him in all your ways, then He will prosper your ways (Proverbs 3:6).
If you do what the Scripture says in obedience, then you will show your faith in what you do. And it will go well for you.
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