Excerpt from my book Today’s Bible Treasure Simple Christianity Volume 2
IT TAKES WORK
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead (James 2:19-20 New King James Version)?
Having faith takes work because it takes work to believe. As humans, we can be swayed by what we see around us. Economic turmoil, considering good as evil and evil as good, our children and grandchildren being taught things in school contrary to God’s word, as well as seeing such things portrayed in the world, prejudices against God, society pushing for tolerance and political correctness in the name of equality – these are what we live with daily. Issues such as these face our children and our grandchildren. If they don’t have a solid working faith and belief in Christ, they will fall into the mindset of the world. It takes work to teach the things of God to others, because in order to adequately teach, we must “do”.
There’s an old phrase that goes “Seeing is believing”; however, it’s not fully possible to say with certainty this is true anymore, and as Believers in Christ, this phrase is certainly false! Hebrews 11: 1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” For too long, we have lived “television” lives; I say it this way because a lot of what this world believes is what is portrayed on TV. Instead of making intelligent, thoughtful decisions about whether something is true or not, we’ve begun to accept everything as fact. The same goes for information on the internet. Just because it is out there does not mean it is true.
Faith, on the other hand, takes work. We must not only just say we have faith that God is going to do something, but we have to work at such belief. We have to diligently study our Bibles, we must put to action the Word, and we must profess our beliefs often. We are responsible bringing God’s word to others, which means we must share our faith. This involves teaching how to have active faith. It means getting up and living our faith, breathing our faith, eating and sleeping our faith. We have faith every night when we go to bed that God will wake us up the next morning, for it is not promised to us. We exhibit faith when we pray and expect God to answer; faith is rising up and serving somewhere because God has told you to. Faith knows that regardless of your circumstances, God has already worked out the details for your good. Faith understands you may not see the desired answer to your prayer, but you know it will be answered. Faith is following God in obedience even when you can’t see the outcome. Church, we must shut off our TV’s; put the magazines and tabloids down; get off the internet and begin to activate and work our faith. We simply can’t just pay lip-service to the Lord; we must work at our faith.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of a new day! Thank You for more opportunities to work at our faith, to practice our faith and to share our faith. May we recognize these opportunities today and not let them pass by, for you desire that all men be saved. Grant us the words to use, the actions to take, guide our steps and our tongues. Fill our hearts with love and grace and a willingness to go where You lead. Father, we seek to glorify You and You only. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Where are you with your working faith? Have you shared your faith with anyone lately? Do you teach the youngsters around you what it means to have faith? Activate the Word of God in your life and work your faith.
Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 11; James 2:14-26