“Christian life is action: not a speculating, not a debating, but a doing. One thing, and only one, in this world has eternity stamped upon it. Feelings pass; resolves and thoughts pass; opinions change. What you have done lasts—lasts in you. Through the ages, through eternity, what you have done for Christ—that, and only that, you are.” – Fredrick W. Robertson
For much of Western Christianity, our faith has been downsized to a mere belief, or thought. We believe God is real and Jesus was the son of God—that he came to love the world and save it from our own self-destructive ways. We’ve got it all down on the inside. We know it all, or at least most of it.
But what then? We can keep talking about it—we can keep talking about change and redemption, but what good will it do if no action follows?
You see, faith was not a word used to describe just our hopes and dreams. It was meant to describe our whole lives, both our beliefs and actions. Because if one thing’s for sure, actions show who we are.
And speaking of actions, faith has a lot to do with actions. The Greek word for faith is pistis, which means to have “confidence that something is real, with a strong implication that action will ensue from this belief… Such faith entails active belief, entrusting oneself completely to God.” (NLT Word Study System)
I think it’s fair to say we have confidence that Jesus was and is real, and that what he said was true. But what about the second part—the part about a strong implication of action that will ensue from this belief?
It’s not enough to simply believe. We have to act upon our beliefs. We have to entrust ourselves completely to God.
Then we’ll see impact. We’ll wake up every day with a mission in mind to love others and display our faith for all to see.
Let’s be real: people are tired of arguing. They don’t want faraway proof that can’t be proved. They want—in fact, they need—tangible proof seen in and throughout an active believer’s life.
I’ll leave you with this quote about dreams and reality. When they clash, it can be the most dangerous and effective tool in changing lives.
“All of us dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty reccesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous folk, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.” – T. E. Lawerence