Faith in Action

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When you think of “Faith” what do you think of?

Most of us think of faith as something we believe in. Others as something we have or possess “Wow, she has really strong faith.”

Truth is, faith is not something we have. It is not intellectual belief. In its origin “faith” is a verb, not a noun, which is different than most of us think. The root word for faith is the Hebrew word “aman” (aleph-mem-nun). It is not a possession or even a character trait. It is a verb. It embodies whole-hearted confidence in action. So faith is an action. It is something we do vs. something we have. Or rather, it is confident belief, acted upon.

Examples come to our mind of people who were known for “having faith.” Abraham, the father of Israel, was known for his faith. Abraham was considered faithful for what he did. God asked him to go, and he went. In his case, his faith was shown in his obedience. Smart guy.

If you’re familiar with the bible, Hebrews Chapter 11 contains “The Faith Hall of Fame.” This is unofficial, of course, because the bible doesn’t call it that; it just lists several examples of those who showed inspiring faith. Although most relate “faith” to the spiritual realm, this is not intended as a religious discussion. Faith is not limited to that space. Examples of faith are all around us. When we drive, we have faith that others on the road will stop if the light is red, go when it’s green, stay in their lane, etc. Absent this, it would be chaos. We could cite many examples of things we take for granted each day that require faith to function – medicine, science, banking, government, currency and more.

When it comes to personal faith, most measure this by belief. Do you believe strongly enough in something or in yourself to see it manifest in your life? This concept has been greatly abused in religious, especially Christian circles. Beginning with “Seed Faith,” ghost-written for Oral Roberts, the “prosperity gospel” movement began in 1950’s American evangelical circles. If the right things didn’t happen for you, if you weren’t prosperous or “successful,” it was because you didn’t have enough faith. This is very dangerous and has led to much twisting of the truth. After all, the Pharisees believed such things.

When writing his inspired letter, James, leader of the church in Jerusalem and brother of Jesus, said this:

“Faith by itself, not accompanied by action is dead. I will show you my faith by what I do.” (my emphasis) James 2:17,18

Strong words! I doubt any of us want faith that is dead. Our “faith” is shown not with mere words, but with action. What we believe must show itself in what we do.

In a world where things gradually slip to more depraved standards all around us, I need to be a person of principle and action who stands up for what is right. If I don’t, no one will.

We are always teaching our children, “No matter what others do, as far as it is up to you, YOU need to do what’s right.” If we’re going to teach our children this, we need to do it ourselves. Otherwise, we’re hypocrites! I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Do you?

Make a decision today to show your faith in what you do, not just by what you believe or say. After all, Faith is an action!

[This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Next, Part 2, Faith as a Gift]