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Faith is only as good as its object. The man in the jungle bows before an idol of stone and trusts it to help him, but he receives no help. No matter how much faith a person may generate, if it is not directed at the right object, it will accomplish nothing. “I believe” may be the testimony of many sincere people, but the big question is, “In whom do you believe? What do you believe?” We are not saved by faith in faith; we are saved by faith in Christ as revealed in His Word. – Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 2.
Some of us go to church every Sunday and hear the pastor preach from the Word of God. We might go to a weekly Bible study and maybe even host one in our home. We go out and buy Christian books to read. We download podcasts to listen to because we did not get enough on Sunday. All in the pursuit of more knowledge. But what exactly are we doing with that knowledge? Is our faith growing? Are we growing in our likeness of Christ? Or are we eating of His Word and getting lethargic and comfortable in our seats, not applying what we claim to have faith in? We all must examine ourselves daily and see if our faith really is causing us to be transformed and not conformed to the world.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (NASB)
You would think that the church would not conform to the world, but because of the level of comfort that is being sought after in the church we are becoming to look more and more like the world. We all at times enjoy comfort, and from time to time need a time of rest, but we must not stay there too long or we might get stuck and find ourselves surrounded by a large group of people that are caught up in the comfort of routine. I do believe that we are saved by faith alone, but how much faith do we actually need to have before we start to do what we claim to have faith in? I think of the book of James as I am writing this..
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So 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 apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” – James 2: 14-18 (ESV)
Faith and works go hand and hand.
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Erik Stanley and his family are missionaries in Rocky Point, Mexico, teaching the local community how to garden and make compost so they can grow their own fruits and vegetables. Please check out their ministry via Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/erikandmarthafaithgardens