Today we will be studying our faith in action.
Now, it is true that to be saved all we have to do is believe that Jesus died for our sins and accept God's wonderful gift of eternal freedom through Jesus Christ. However, what follows this change in belief should and must be a change in our actions.
Let's first look at the meaning of "faith" - "is confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion or view." (Wikipedia) , "firm belief in something for which there is no proof, belief in something that you cannot see, complete trust" (Merriam-Webster).
When one believes in something with all their heart, not only do their thoughts change to follow that belief but their emotions and actions also change. You are fooling yourself if you say that you have become a Christian but continue living the way you did before that change of faith. As it says in the verses above: "....faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Those people around us see more of who we really are through our actions than what they hear through our words. Any non Christian is watching you more than listening to you.
I want to clarify - I do NOT believe that you can lose your salvation. As it says in John 3:16 "..that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." That decision to believe takes a second but our "Christian Walk" takes a lifetime. We are all sinners, even after we have become a Christian - the difference is that now (as believers) when we sin we acknowledge that sin, we ask for forgiveness, strive to never commit that sin again and try to be more like Jesus in word & in action everyday.
James used two examples from the Old Testament in the verses above. I want to talk about Abraham & Isaac - If you recall God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham had such trust in God - not understanding why God would ever ask such a thing but trusting & believing that there was a good reason. Abraham took Isaac to the altar & there God intervened & saved Isaac - Abraham's faith was tested & he passed with flying colors - God called Abraham His friend!!!
There will be hardships and tragedies in our life but we must continue to follow Jesus without understanding why certain things happen. We might not know the reason for these life problems until we get to heaven but we still must continually act by faith.
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