Devotional: ‘Right Faith Produces Right Action’

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Throughout the Bible, the word ‘faith’ is often used as a noun. For instance:  “…contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. (Jude 1:3 NKJV) “…building yourselves up in your most holy faith… (Jude 1:20 NKJV) ‘The faith’ Jude speaks of involves the convictions and beliefs that we hold concerning God, His Word, and our salvation.  As followers of our Savior, we must always hold dear and defend the true Christian faith.

The word ‘faith’ is often used as a noun, but it is also sometimes used as a verb. For instance: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18 NKJV) James is not saying that our salvation is the result of our faith plus our good works. James is saying that true faith always produces positive action. As Dr. Adrian Rogers used to say – “What we do after we pray is what reveals what we really believe.”

Many years ago, there lived a great Christian named George Mueller (1805-1898) who had great faith in God. One of the places he demonstrated his faith was through his care for needy children. Andrew Murray wrote of him,

“He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000 children, many of whom were orphans.” [1]

George Muller was asked, “What is the secret of your service to God?” Muller’s response was this: “There was a day when I died, utterly died, died to George Müller, his opinions, preferences, tastes and will…died to the world, its approval and censure…died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends…and since then I have studied to show myself approved only to God. A servant of God has but one Master.” [2] 

It is good to have faith that is a noun. It is good to hold dear the pure doctrines as taught to us in Scripture that enables us to know God. But it is also good to have faith that is a verb. It is good to demonstrate our faith in God by the way we live and act. I close this week’s study with a story from the gospels.

Luke 7:1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick. (NKJV)

I trust that these studies this week have both challenged and encouraged your faith. God bless you my brethren.

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[1] George Mueller, The Secret of His Power in Prayer

[2] Ibid

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