You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. — James 2:22
If the over thinkers of the world needed a queen, I would have earned the job years ago. I replay every situation to look for mistakes. I often do hours of research just to feel good about picking a product. Every decision cycles through my mind a couple of dozen times before I feel peace or something close.
My faith has always been a victim of incessant thinking. God has never let me down, but faith is not immune to the process. The battle is toughest when my mind is idle. The less I act, the more I think. Thinking that’s rooted in doubt, is a great enemy of faith. It breeds fear and creates a laundry list of reasons that faith isn’t enough.
Abraham took Isaac to the altar purely on faith. He took his belief and brought it into action. He faced a great fear and an even bigger sacrifice, but he created an environment of trust and reliance on God. Isaac's life was a platform in which God was to move and react. Through his act, Abraham's faith was made complete.
Our faith cannot reach a place of wholeness without action. Faith without action is faith shrouded in fear. Our relationship with God can’t solely exist in our minds. We have to step out into situations that show God we believe in Him. We have to remind ourselves that our faith is real and alive not only in thought but in every move we make.
In moments of doubt, inspire us to act. Help us create an environment of trust and faith in our lives. Show us ways that we can express our dedication to You, Lord, as You work in and through our every action. Amen.
When have actions outside of your daily faith routine (prayer, Bible study, etc.) been catalysts for spiritual growth? How did God work in those situations?
If you’re not sure how to start putting your faith into action, are there local ministries you can contact to offer service? What areas of ministry interest you?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.