Do Your Words and Actions Match Up?
Our words and actions tell the truth of what we believe. If that statement is true—and I believe it is—then is Christ honestly replicated in everything we say and do?
We live in a physical world bursting with things that speak to the senses. It’s real if we can touch it, smell it, taste, feel and measure it. For the average person, if it’s not material, it doesn’t exist. But our faith requires us to believe in a God we “hope for,” one we “do not see.” To “live by faith, not by sight.”
When we really examine the truth, we don’t always live the sort of faith the Bible teaches. We understand what God’s Word says and we may even think we’re living according to it, but there are few of us who actually exercise and execute pure Biblical Christianity—a life of complete obedience to God.
Studies over the past decade by The Barna Research Group and others show that younger generations are looking for believers who are authentic and genuine. They want to see Christians live what they believe, and they have little time or respect for those who don’t.
Our lives should be a complete reflection of Christ. We should be people whose words and action match up with our faith.
How can we do this? Here are four intentional steps, I believe we can take, to help our faith become one that will solidify our belief in God, and declare it to others:
- Study Scripture to give an account of our faith. If we don’t study God’s Word, we won’t know what to believe. The Bible is clear in how we are to live.
- Listen to God. A consistent life of prayer, where we provide time and access for God to speak to our hearts and minds, is vital and irreplaceable.
- Record times of God’s faithfulness. If we were to regularly stop and think about God’s faithfulness—in our homes, in our relationships, in our finances—and remember how God came through as we trusted Him, it will encourage and strengthen our faith.
- Give up control. We want to make things happen. But whenever we relinquish control to the Lord, it’s faith-building. Giving Him full reign in our lives is liberating. It is the essence of walking by faith.
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