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? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 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?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
The faith that we have as Christians is not a “blind faith.” God has not hidden Himself from the world. He has provided the evidence we need to be confident of His existence, of the resurrection of Jesus, and of the validity of the Bible. The evidence is out there, because God wants us to find Him.
It is my opinion that part of our responsibility as Christians is to study, not only the Bible, but the evidence that supports our faith. We need to know why we believe what we believe. I think it is important to be confident in the reality that our faith is not just built on myth or legend, but on history and truth.
With that being said, we need to remember that having a knowledge of God and the Bible is not the same thing as having faith. This is where some people lose their way, because they believe that knowledge equals faith. These people need to have their doubts put to rest and the all their questions answered before they will trust in the Creator of the Universe.
The truth is we will never have all the answers. There will always be things that we don’t understand. We will discover there are times when it is difficult to reconcile the Biblical record with history, times when we don’t understand what God is doing, and times when a doctrine doesn’t not make sense to us. Some people will use this reality as an excuse not to have faith. They have a knowledge of God, but refuse to place their faith in Him.
On the other hand there are people who have a belief about God, but their knowledge of Him is incomplete. I believe there are a great number of people in churches around the country that have a very inaccurate view of God. This lack of knowledge leads them to have more of a superstition about God than to have a saving faith in Him. For them God is nothing more than a good luck charm which gives them some measure of comfort, and they pull out only when life doesn’t go their way.
Neither having a knowledge of God or a superstition of Him brings redemption and life to people. True saving faith has less to do with our knowledge and more to do with trust and obedience. All the men and women in the Bible praised for their faith were praised because of their actions. For these people of faith, knowledge of who God is came before the choices that they made and their faith was seen in what they did.
If we want to experience God, if we want our belief to be moved from the realm of theory into the realm of reality, then we need to trust God by obeying His will for our lives. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop beliefs about who God is, but it does mean that true faith is developed through our actions.
Trusting God and living in obedience to Him provides us with the opportunity to experience Him in our lives. This experience of God is worth more than all the evidence we could collect concerning God’s existence. Then we will know that God exists, not because we read it in some book, but because we have experienced Him in our lives.
Not only will we have the experience of God’s existence, but our lives will also begin to change. The authentically changed life of a Christian is the best type of evidence for the existence of God. A changed life shows the world the practical difference God makes in the lives of ordinary people.
What this world needs is not more people with knowledge about God, but people who have surrendered to Him. The world is dying to see people who have come alive in Christ. (Tweet this) They will only see this in us if we live by faith every day.
Questions to consider:
- Why is our faith seen through our actions?
- How can our lives be evidence for God’s existence?
- Why do you thing we substitute knowledge of God for faith in God?