Do your actions validate your profession of faith?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
(James 2:20-24 (NIV))

It is true that we are saved by faith.

However, I want you to think about something very important.

What happens when you are truly excited about something? If you are a college football fan, how does your excitement manifest itself? If you love music, are you able to keep quiet? If you enjoy nature, do you spend all of your time inside?

Now, what is faith in comparison to these activities?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))

If we are certain of something, we should not be shy about our certainty. It will manifest itself in the things that we do. If we truly have faith, then it is human nature that it will show itself in what we do. We can profess faith with our words, but a faith professed by word and deed is a faith that has taken root and will grow.

What do you think when you see someone professing faith, yet their actions do not validate that profession? Do others see this type of faith in you?

More importantly, when God looks at you, what type of faith do you want God to see?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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