Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Do Something

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:17

God always rewards faith! I can't think of a single example in all of Scripture of a man or woman stepping out in faith to do what God wants them to do and not being blessed for it. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that we must believe that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Those who move towards God in faith will not be abandoned or embarrassed.

In fact, God doesn't just reward faith, He requires it. Hebrews 11:6 also tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. We can't come to God unless we believe He is real, and we can't be saved from our sin apart from faith in Jesus. Faith is the only route to a relationship with God. He requires faith, and faith requires action. James 2:17 says that faith without action is dead. In other words, true, living faith produces some sort of action in your life. Faith causes you to do something.

And when you act on faith, God won't waste it, because God uses men and women of faith. Think of the great biblical heroes whose stories are recorded in Scripture. When God wants to do a mighty work He often raises up a man or woman of faith to do it. When God wanted to establish a nation from which His Messiah would come, He didn't adopt an existing nation. He raised up a man of faith in Abram and told him to leave his relatives and his home in search of a land God would show him along the way. Many years later when Abraham's descendants were enslaved in Egypt, God didn't send down a battalion of angels to set them free. No! He raised up another man of God. He found Moses tending his father-in-law's sheep in the wilderness and told him to go tell Pharaoh "Let My people go." Not to mention great women of the faith like Rahab, Esther, and Deborah who were likewise raised up by God to play key roles in the unfolding of redemptive history.

So, God uses faith. He requires faith. And He honors faith. But there are too many Christians in the world today who are faithful in following their spiritual routines but who never risk anything for God. They never step out in faith. Their faith doesn't cause them to do anything dangerous at all. Don’t be that kind of Christian. Step out on faith. Take risks for your God. Do something! Act on what you believe.

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