Do we act on what we believe?

ad893-actonbelief1How do we know if we really believe on something? We act on that belief. One of the common problems we face in our everyday walk as a follower of Christ is failing to act on what we believe. Most of us will strongly claim that we believe in bible and have faith in Jesus. What do our actions tells us? Are we responding obediently to the word of God? or Are we filling empty words instead of actions? Is our faith alive or dead? James asks us to examine the state of our faith.

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.-James 2:26
James talks about the works through our faith. What are these works? Look in the life of Jesus. Jesus was performing the works of the father and he told by our good works we will be glorifying our God.
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does His works.-John 14:10-12 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.”-Matthew 5:16
It is work of God fulfilling the purpose of our life and meeting the needs of others. Faith acts as a channel enabling us to do his works. We are the body of Christ, he performs his works through us when we obey his word. How does it matter when we talk about what believe? The actions determines the kind of faith in us.
James contrasts two kinds of faith in this chapter. Dead faith and saving faith.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[d] works, and I will show you my faith by my[e] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!-James 2:14-19
The dead faith is one which shows no action. It cannot produce anything out of it. It is when we become paralyzed to act upon our faith. There are people who know a lot about the word of God. If there are no actions on what they believe, it makes no difference than the faith of the devil who know about God but that belief is of no use. We can make others think that we are religious with our words, but not God. Even when someone tells us the needs in their life, we give them empty words. This is not far fetched. We may have experienced this happen in our life. There is no life and use in dead faith and it is deceiving for us and others. It does not profit the person or others in any way.
On the contrary, there is the saving real faith. When we really believe in God, we act in obedience. God uses our life to perform his works.
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[f] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.James 2:20-24
Abraham had faith in God. He did not stop at that stage, he acted in obedience when God asked to sacrifice his son. His actions proved the authenticity of his faith. God used his life mightily. His actions were working together with faith in his life. Abraham was saved by faith but his faith was not alone. It produced works of obedience. Real faith cannot be alone without the evidence of works and we cannot do the works of God without faith. There is no excuse to say that we have faith and that is all matters. It is dead without works.
What kind of faith do we have? Is it the faith which enables God to work through us or is it only a good knowledge about God? Let us realize our real state and as King David said, we draw near to God and put our real trust in him to do his works in our life!
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.-Psalms 73:28

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