There is a very familiar verse that has revisited me a couple of times since yesterday. Ironically this is a verse that is easily quoted, yet not as easily fleshed out…“Faith without works is dead.”
It can become habitual to speak the same words in prayer without attaching your heart to it. Likewise, it can become easy to say that you have faith, yet not attach your actions to it. I love how James spelled out his point in this passage. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
I dare you, and of course myself, to take inventory of your behavior. If you were to speak of your faith in public, at work, around those who see you regularly…would they be shocked? Would they have a difficult time reconciling your words with your life? It may be cliché, but it is indeed a powerful statement: Actions speak louder than words.
After taking inventory, the challenge is then issued to lace up your shoes and roll up your sleeves. Do something. Don’t just say you believe. Do what you believe. Be wholehearted and wholly committed to live your faith in Christ. Can you imagine the difference in the New Testament had Jesus simply stayed at home and told people what He was able to do? Can you imagine the difference in the world had the disciples stayed in the upper room and talked about how they were filled, yet never put what happened to them in action?
We have each been given a measure of faith, and it is up to us to put that faith into practice. Do we want others to see our life as a never-ending funeral? Faith without works is dead. Our Lord is alive, and we need to be, as well.
Father, I want my faith to be alive. I want every step that I take to match the faith that I speak. Let Your resurrection power flow into our daily lives, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.