An Active Faith
The Spirit works through people who actively want to be apart of the kingdom.
It is so much easier to talk about something than to actually do it. And I think we spend most of our lives talking about what could be or what should have been instead of actively pursuing the things that we set out to do. We like to talk about the people who have done great things or debate what others do right or wrong because the focus is off of us and on someone else. Playing “Monday morning quarter-back” or “backseat-driver” doesn’t make anything happen; it only leads to frustration and hurt feelings.
We see this all the time with our faith in God as well. Sometimes faith is viewed as just believing in God, a very inactive, non-participant type of life. We think that the Christian life is so much better when we sit back in our chairs and let the people who are more religious or stronger Christians take care of the work. I’m guilty of this as well. People think just because I am a minister that I have it all together and I must be super faithful, but I am just the same as everyone else. I can get into a habit of talking about what should be done instead of actually doing it. I can also get in ruts where the challenge has ceased and I am no longer striving for the next step in my life. It is an easy trap to fall into.
A faith in our Jesus Christ is not a “sit-on-your-butt” type of life where we let everything happen to us and we take it as it comes. James talks about faith being much more then that. He says that it is not just believing in God, but actually doing what His word says. And following Christ is not of ourselves but only through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works through people who actively want to be apart of the kingdom. God will allow our hearts to be hardened and inactive. He also wants us to live this life to the fullest and that means actively being engaged in the world around you, using both your words and actions to show others the love and fullness of Christ.