Can faith really be faith if it has no expression?
James 2:14-16 is the most quoted passage on the subject:
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about putting actions to your faith:
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Years ago, I went to a church that adopted “Faith is a verb–live it!” as a reminder to the people that faith requires action.
Putting feet to your faith means that your feet might get muddy. You might actually have to sacrifice something to walk it out.
The more I read about the early church–the church fathers and martyrs–I am convicted of my own selfishness.
Am I really ready to give up everything?
What am I still holding back?
Do I talk about what I believe more than I demonstrate what I believe?
I’m just gonna stop here because there’s not much more I can say except that a read through the New Testament doesn’t leave any room for argument.
Couch potato faith is not allowed.