Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. – (James 2:26, NLT)
A person’s body that does not have a spirit is dead. It is the same with faith – faith that does nothing is dead. – (James 2:26, ERV)
Removing action from faith is like removing breath from a body. All you have left is a corpse. – (James 2:26, VOICE)
Faith is a verb. It is an action word that requires something of us to exist. Our decisions to step out beyond ourselves and do the things that God calls us to, are those that define and breathe life into faith. Just as we have no life without breath, faith has not formed without follow through. Faith grows as we continue to move forward in the direction to which we are called. Each new step fortifies our faith and makes it tangible. May we move forward in faith, ever trusting in God, who grants all that we need, so that our faith will grow and His faithfulness show, in all that we say and do.
Lord, lead us forward,
To trust and obey;
So faith may take root,
You do what You say.
The things that You ask,
Require we choose faith;
A trust that steps out,
Certain of God’s grace.
As we choose to trust,
Allow faith to rise;
We see You move, Lord,
Before our own eyes.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that faith is not a mere idea nor theory, but rather it is an intentional action as we move forward, trusting that You are who You say You are, and that You will do what You say You will do. Forgive us for the times that our faith has faltered and we have stayed stagnant when You call us to move. Teach us to trust You more, ever leading us to take steps in the direction You call us to move. Show us how to love those around us in a way that inspires faith. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to be people of faith-filled action. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
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