Faith is an action word
Hi friends! I’m sure you’re asking what do you mean faith is an action word. Love is an action word but how is faith an action word. As a believer in Christ, it has taken me some years to fully understand this concept. You see for me I knew scriptures about faith but was I actively applying them in my life. Faith had become a passive word that I barely acted upon because I had grown comfortable. I was cruising through life and allowing the waves to carry me to whatever destination they saw fit. It wasn’t until a drastic life change occurred that my eyes were opened and I had to make some adjustments. I knew that my journey needed to be infused with Lord but was I willing to do the work? Before we get down to business allow me to paint a visual of how faith is an action word.
Faith is a verb
Growing up I remember watching the grammar edition of Schoolhouse Rock and falling in love with the video that talked about verbs. The lead character was a black superhero dressed in a red super suit and sporting a pair of the coolest sunglasses. This superhero was taking nouns such bat, boat, rake, and plow then turn them into verbs. I learned that verbs are an action word and action is power. Why else would a superhero be teaching this lesson?
As I grew older I learned a saying courtesy of DC Talk….love is a verb. I believe that we can all agree that love requires action, sacrifice and the Father shows this love towards us daily. Now that I have grown in my walk with Christ I am beginning to understand that faith is an action word as well. I’m sure many of you might be saying well “duh Felicia” but for me knowing about faith and acting in faith has been a journey that I continue to walk out on a daily basis. We are familiar with one of the most famous scriptures on faith Hebrews 11:1.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
I grew up memorizing that scripture but never really applying it to my life. As life and being a believer in Christ would have it I eventually had to tackle this scripture head-on. If you have been tracking with me over the past year, you know that my family and I have experienced some tough times. However, it was during those times that my faith has grown tremendously and my understanding of who Christ is has solidified an unshakeable hope that keeps me going.
Faith and obedience
Let’s look at the Message version of Hebrews 11:1-2.
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1-2
So how does this translate into faith being an action word? Faith says I am going to trust God no matter what it looks like around me. Choosing to trust the Lord is a daily decision. By choosing to trust Him I am saying that my actions, thoughts, and tendencies will learn towards His leading in my life. Our big brother, Jesus, gave us the blueprint on how to do this.
saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.” Luke 22:42 AMP
Jesus had to decide to submit his desires/will to his Father. He did not want to go the cross and die a horrific death but he understood why it had to be done. Jesus was sent to Earth to bridge the gap between his Holy Father and sinful man. He understood that his death would allow us to be in a relationship with the Father and to have eternal life. I could not imagine where I would be if He had not chosen to surrender his life for me. I know I would be a mess! Jesus showed us that the firm foundation of faith in God is what we need to make this life worth living. Faith is obedience to His will for our lives.
Faith and hope
What is hope and how is related to faith? Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. As believers, our complete trust is in Christ. We trust that He is kind, compassionate, just, righteous, and faithful. We trust that His word is true.
The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Psalm 199:160
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Faith fuels our hope. It keeps us expecting, waiting, and believing His word because we know that it is true. I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and it feels as if everything around you is crumbling and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It was during those times when I felt that hope was lost that I had to cling to faith. Why? Christ is the only constant and consistent person who I can put my complete trust and confidence in every day, all day. As I begin to remember who He is and how faithful he has been to me, I can start to fan the flames of hope.
Faith in action
How can I write about faith being an action word with such conviction? I have had to do everything that is written in this post. I had to reconcile that Christ is all I need and he alone is who I should put my complete and total trust. Over the past year due to a loss of job, friends, confidence, and what I perceived as self-worth; He was the only constant confidante that I could lean on. My husband is amazing but he still falls short of what Christ can do in our lives if we would actively seek, trust, and obey Him.
Faith requires us to spend time with Him. It requires us to learn what He has promised in His Word. Why? The more you know about Him, the more you can trust Him. Our faith in Christ will challenge us to let go of people and things which are distractions that could disrupt our pursuit of Christ. Faith will cause us to take the first step when we are unsure of the second. So you see my friend, faith truly is an action word accompanied by obedience and hope.
Be encouraged! Fill your lives with truth from the Word of God. Visit the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. Know that He loves you and He is for you.