Some believe by saying they have faith, it is an automatic thing. However, having faith is far more than just a belief. It is an action and a choice. Much like love, we are given a choice whether to put it to work or leave it sitting on our Christian shelf. Christianity has no room for shelves. It is not about trophies to put on display. Faith is believing but it is believing then putting that belief into action. For example, suppose you believe that you have been called by God to start a ministry. You have faith and believe that this call is real. However you sit and sit, waiting for God to open doors for you, but nothing happens. You pray, God didn’t you call me for this? You wait some more… and nothing. Is that true faith? How about this, you see a need in the church family. You have faith that the need will be met. Time goes by and nothing happens, but your faith says it will. You wait more, still nothing. Is that true faith?
It is my belief that faith is believing, but it is also going through in that belief in action. Believing God will meet you there and provide for you in your faith. For example, you believe God has called you to start a ministry. You have faith that this is God’s true calling on your life. So you go and start the ministry. You might not know what exactly what to do, but you go by faith, and believe that God will give you direction and guide your every step. You see, much like when Jesus called Peter out of the boat, He had faith that it was Jesus calling Him. But it was not true faith until He got out of the boat and walked towards Jesus. It took him not only believing, but also acting on that belief. Even when He failed, Jesus was there to catch him.
We must do more than just believe, we must put that belief into action. God is faithful. If He calls us to act, He is faithful to show up and respond to that action.
Challenge: Put you money where your mouth is. Let us start acting in faith, rather than just saying we have it. As James tells us, Faith without works, is dead!
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.