“Do your faith!” is not a quote of my own, but a dear friend who is “doing” his faith in India, often uses this quote to encourage others to participate in what the Scriptures have called us to do as believers.
I seem him quote this statement almost daily on Facebook, and it is often a great reminder to me and it spurs me on!
In James Chapter 1 the Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
It is easy to get comfortable as a believer, and sit on a pew and hear the Bible preached, and then walk out the door of the church and just continue on with regular life. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt) But those words aren’t there for us to just read and hear, they are there to call us in to action.
As a child, I became a follower of Christ through fully understanding the verse John 3:16… “For God so loved the world, that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. “
While this verse is talking about Jesus coming as the atonement for sin, it is also calling the reader into action… “Whoever believes.” But what is interesting about the word believe, it is not just a mental acknowledgement… Like believing the world is round. It is word that requires action…it requires doing.
The verb “believe” in the Greek New Testament is pisteuo. It means to have a trusting disposition, but it is also accompanied with a meaning that means to comply or obey. So it is not just head knowledge (the Bible says even the demons believe) it is the action and obedience that goes with the Faith. The word was also spoken in an active voice.
All of that to say, the Bible is clearly saying to us.. “Do your faith!”
This is a challenge to me and I hope it will be to you… How are you doing your faith? Are you ministering to your neighbors, those in need, your family?
If you are looking for a way to “Do your faith”, just let me know…
I have an orphanage that can put you to work! 🙂