Show Me Your Faith

December 15, 2011

I was reading an article the other day on murder and how this author believes that much of the problem is religion. One of his examples was Abraham and Isaac when God asked Abraham to kill his son. Abraham then followed through with the request until the angel of the LORD stopped him.

This man argues that faith in a god blinds mankind. In the comments below there was some discussion. One comment the author left went something like this: “Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want, just not to practice it.”

I have been thinking about that line ever since. It really shook me to my core. Everyone can believe but not practice. How does that work? If I believe something, don’t I then act it out?

Today we are looking at faithfulness. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” we have finally reached the end of Galatians 5:22.

Faith is a little more than some cognitive action. It is not just a nice thought I have every once-in-a-while. It is not something I keep to myself. See here the fruit is faithfulness. It is the act of being faithful. Faith requires action alongside it.

James 2:14-17 says :

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

James points out that it is necessary to have action behind our faith. If there is no action, then the faith is dead. It is absolutely useless.

What good is it to proclaim to believe in one thing but then never live like it? It should be questioned as to whether or not that is really a conviction you hold to!

I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem. I believe that He is the Son of God and lived a perfect life. He did not give into temptation and walked in the ways God desired of Him all the days of His life. He then was crucified because the Jewish leaders gave Him up and the Romans carried out the punishment. He died and was buried. Then a few days later, He rose from the dead. He has defeated death and we are now offered salvation from God through Jesus.

That kind of thought changes the way I act. It should change the way we all act, if we truly have faith.

Look at the examples of the Apostles. These men were afraid for their lives when Jesus died. They did not have faith that He would come back to life as He had told them. But then they saw Him and when the Holy Spirit came upon them that changed their entire way of living. They did whatever they could to get the message out about Jesus! All of the Apostles suffered a martyr’s death, except John who was exiled.

These uneducated men were empowered by the Holy Spirit and they proclaimed the gospel wherever they went. They stood up against false teachings, they did not back away timidly. They knew the truth and the needed to share it!

It should be the same with us. The Bible calls us to be different than the world. We are to be lights in the darkness. Stop hiding your light. Go and live out your faith, wherever you are; because as we saw, faith without works, is dead.

How can you live out your faith in your life situations?


8 Responses to “Show Me Your Faith”

  1. That’s a tough question. And the answer is, I don’t fully know. Sometimes I grasp it, and then circumstances change, people change, I change…

    I’m shocked and not shocked by the comment left by the author of that article. It’s astounding that he expects that, but at the same time, I can see much of American culture living that way. We tend to see needs, and they bother us, but we do nothing about it. We believe, but don’t act. That’s a trend that needs changing…

    • I have actually caught myself doing that, and when I realize it I prompts me to change. Sometimes I go way to long without realizing it though. I think many times there are so many needs or messages thrust at us on a regular basis we are unsure of which to jump on board with. We agree something needs to be done but we do nothing instead of choosing one and running with it.

  2. Great points. You shall know a tree by its fruit. If you aren’t living out what you believe, then I have to questions whether you really believe in the first place.

  3. Powerful post, Brandon!

    Yes, faithfulness cannot be hidden; it shows forth by default.

    Faithfulness cannot be tamed by outside forces. It is stuck to someone / something one puts his faith on.

    Personally, I have found faithfulness as rewarding!

    • Faithfulness is rewarding! In fact right before the fruit of the Spirit are listed we find the acts of the sinful nature and the verse says those who practice those will not inherit the Kingdom of God. That sentence is followed by “But” showing that what follows is contrasting what is before. So those who practice the acts of the sinful nature will not inherit the Kingdom of God “but” those who practice the fruit of the Spirit shall!

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