As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26
You are standing on the banks of the
Grand Canyon. A narrow suspension bridge spans the gulf,
sagging several feet in the middle. It sways slightly in the wind and a few
planks are missing. Standing with you is the architect of that bridge. He is
world-renowned for his brilliant designs and has just shown you the blueprint
for the bridge. “Do you have faith in my bridge?” he asks. You eagerly say yes
and praise his reputation. But then he asks, “Will you step out onto it and
What would you do? As long as you are on the bank, you can say that you have faith in the bridge. But that is not faith; that is hope. Faith steps onto the bridge and keeps walking. Many people stop at Hope on their journey toward God. They agree that He is great, and they like the idea of being forgiven and knowing God. But they stay on the banks, clinging to the very sins and self-will that Jesus died for. Even Christians can profess faith without acting on it. They know what God says, but they place their confidence in what they can see, hear, or feel. When faith stays inside our heads and never makes it to our life choices, it is not real faith. However, when we act on what we say we believe, our hope becomes faith. Faith is an action word. It moves us toward the object of that faith. True faith propels us onto the bridge and empowers us to keep walking.
Our life choices are indicators of what we truly believe. What does your lifestyle reveal about your faith?