Read carefully the two following quotes and think them through for a moment:
- “Faith is the conviction that God knows more than we do about this life and He will get us through it.” _Max Lucado
- “Faith is only a prelude to action. You need faith that Jesus will help you every step of the way, but you also need to take concrete action.” _Winston T. Smith
There’s several observations that could be made about both of these biblically sound quotations, but here’s the one thing I’d like to call your attention to today: Beware of making your faith a passive faith.
Lucado’s quotation is good, but it is balanced by Smith’s quote.
Yes, you can have peace that God will get you through whatever you’re going through—but you’re going to have to get up and start walking through it with him.
The Christian faith must not be turned into waiting at the bus stop until Jesus comes and takes us home. The Christian faith is about trusting Jesus enough to obey.
Most often our faith in God is the fuel that gets us going.
Faith says, “Come” instead of staying in the boat.
Faith says, “Take up your bed and walk.”
Faith says, “I am with you, therefore, go…”
Bottom line, you will never have the kind of faith that moves mountains until you have the kind of faith that moves you.
- The ONE THING for today: Action is required of you today. In light of your faith in God, what is the most important thing you can do about your current situation?
James 2:17 (NLT)
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.