What is faith? What are we to do with our faith? How is our faith to be put into action? What does God expect from us? Is our faith merely for our benefit?
Faith is more than mere belief. We believe what we choose to believe, but it doesn’t always cause us to act. We can believe something is true and refuse to do what is right based on the truth. We can believe and take action based on our belief. There is a choice involved that turns belief into faith.
Do not misunderstand, faith doesn’t come without belief. Yet belief can occur without faith. For example, we can believe the posted speed limit is based on calculations that determine a safe speed for the road we are driving on. But we can ignore that truth and belief. Putting faith in the belief it is a safe speed would cause us to drive the speed limit. Imagine this—if everyone drove exactly the speed limit, there would be no rear ending of vehicles since they would all be traveling at the same speed. Now, I know that doesn’t account for all accidents, but it would significantly reduce the odds. This is also a very simple example.
How does this translate to our faith in Jesus, in God? If we believe He spoke the truth when He taught during His ministry and we put His teaching into action in our lives, that becomes faith. Belief, trust, and action add up to faith. Belief alone is not faith as James tells us in the second chapter of his book.
So, what are we to do to demonstrate our faith? We are to go about doing what God has planned ahead of time for us to do. Some of those tasks are general tasks for every follower of Jesus. They include spreading the gospel, bringing people into the kingdom of God, and joining with other Christians to encourage, strengthen, comfort, care for, and love one another.
Yet God’s plan for each of us is unique. He has a variety of tasks for us to do. We must listen for God to speak to us to know what His plan is for us. There will be times when we must step out in faith, doing something we cannot do without God stepping in. It can be a little scary. But once we experience God stepping in to accomplish what needs to happen, our faith increases.
I pray we all go beyond simple belief. I pray we put our trust in God. I pray each one of us takes action based on our belief and trust that demonstrates our faith. Listen for God. Trust God. Put your faith into action. Join your faith with others. Execute God’s plan.
Matthew 24:45-47 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”