By James Washington | The Atlanta Voice
You guys have heard, read my feelings about faith actually being a verb. Regardless of when and how you found religion, what are you going to do about it now?
Faith being a verb rather than a noun requires action. That action, in my opinion, should actually be based on the faith of what you believe.
For example, if you believe Jesus is who He said He is, then do you still gossip? Do you continue to spread rumor and innuendo? Are you forgiving of the flaws and faults of others? Do you really turn the other cheek?
I mean, faith as a verb demands active behavior consistent with the belief that all things have a purpose far beyond the realm of today. Our understanding, then, is pretty much incidental to the faith we claim when it comes to our actions.
Mercy, charity, and love all have a place in your everyday experience in the world of human beings. If your faith is so shallow that the only thing that touches your heart is just that, the things you can touch and feel and see, then you’ve missed the point of eternal existence.
Faith in the Almighty literally means claiming the life that Jesus promised abundantly. Believe it or not, that life did not begin the day you were born and will not end the day you die.
So says every professed Christian on the face of the planet. But how you handle this short conscious existence goes a long way towards the quality of your afterlife.
“All things work together for good according to the lord and those who have been called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28.
The consequence of faith then means realizing that according to God’s purpose, your role is clear. One must act on the Word of god as given by Jesus Christ. One must live rather than merely profess faith. One must be a church rather than just attend one.
So often in scripture, we are reminded that Jesus was focused on a lifestyle pleasing to His father. As a matter of fact, he was appalled at the use of “The Law” as an excuse not to fulfill the purpose of “The Law.”
Jesus accepted any and all who believed in the Son of Man s also the Son of God. He, therefore, demanded appropriate behavior from apostles, elders, gentiles and sinners alike.
The higher up the religious hierarchy, the more Jesus expected to be done on behalf of the unenlightened. The more faith you profess, the more knowledge you gain, the more selfless you should become.
I guess all I’m trying to say is the dynamics of faith over time, will demand that your lifestyle reflect an awareness of spiritual consequence for your actions or lack thereof.
“Therefore brother, we have an obligation…” –Romans 8:12.
We must live according to the Spirit within us rather than the passions that would corrupt us. A faithful Christian knows the difference and functions accordingly.
“We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophecy, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage…” –Romans 12:6-8.
Simply put, that’s my point. This is the kind of knowledge that separates “gonna” from “do.”
May God bless and keep you always.