The actions of our life display what we believe. If our actions do not prove our purported belief, we must question what we truly believe.
We cannot save ourselves. We will never be good enough or righteous enough or holy enough to free ourselves from the bondage of sin. Only Jesus can do that for us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Sounds simple: Belief IN Jesus, the Christ, is the key to escaping death and receiving eternal life.
Too often, we stop right there. But the truth of the matter is:
“A saving relationship with Jesus transforms our living.”
A Lesson in Belief | Belief is proven by action
In one of my college classes at Samford University, Dr. Sansom made the following assertion:True Belief produces decision and action.Click To Tweet
Dr. Sansom then asked us a series of questions about a couple of chairs he had brought into the room, one whole, the other broken.
He asked us if we believed the whole chair would support us. When we answered with a resounding “yes,” he asked us to sit in it. Of course, we had no trouble doing so.
Then Dr. Sansom asked if we believed the broken one would support the smallest individual in the class. We quickly answered “no.” He asked the person to sit in the broken seat, but the student would not.
Dr. Sansom continued the class by stating that our belief in the purpose and abilities of the chairs dictated how we responded and interacted with them.
Applying the Lesson | Belief is proven by action
Don’t miss this:Our belief in the purpose and abilities of Jesus Christ dictate how we live, respond, and interact with Him.Click To Tweet
- What is Christ’s purpose? Our Salvation.
- What is His ability? He alone can do all it takes to free us from the condemnation of our sin and the workings of the devil.
Do we believe that? How do we respond and interact with Jesus as a result of that belief?
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
If the basis of our decisions and actions are our beliefs, then what we believe about Jesus and His Graceful Gift of Salvation changes everything about our living. When we truly believe in Him, His purpose, and His gift, we live as Jesus did. We,
- Humble ourselves in service and love for others.
- Live to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do.