“Live out your faith. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”
Have you ever heard someone say that? I have heard it many times. I will admit, at first, I struggled with that concept. I felt like I had to live my life out perfectly in order to lead others to Christ -and I knew that I was far from perfect. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized the truth of that statement, especially in today’s world. We live in a world where people are tired of hearing about faith – but they can not deny seeing it in action. The book of James is going to teach us how to live out our faith.
Living Out Faith
What does living out faith look like? That is really what the book of James talks about.
- Trials- I know. This probably isn’t what you wanted to see first. But your faith will shine the brightest when the time is the darkest.
In the Christian life- there are going to be trials. In the non-Christian life- there are going to be trials. It is how we respond to those trials that makes us different. When we are overcoming the trials and adversities in our lives victoriously, we are shining a bright light for others while maturing and building strong character.
- Love – We are called to love and serve those around us. This is not how the world treats each other – and sadly, the Christian world is almost as bad. We need to be different. We need to be loving others. When we show love to others, we are overcoming selfishness and rising above the world around us.
- Wisdom- A lot of the world has knowledge. Knowing information. We might even have understanding – knowing what happens when we do the right thing. Wisdom is actually doing it. A lot of the world has knowledge and understanding, but we lack wisdom. Wisdom shows itself out in the way we speak. Knowledge and understanding all happens in the mind – but wisdom often rolls of the tongue.
- Wealth – This last one might seem the most out of place. However, we are all accountable for the things that God has given us. What we do with what we have been given matters- no matter how much or how little. We can live out our faith by being a good steward of what God has given us.
As we live out our faith, we are encouraging others to either live out their faith, or to begin their faith journey. It builds our character and makes us the women that God has called us to be.
As we study the book of James, we are going to be encouraged – and convicted – to live out our faith. Make sure you include your children on this journey by investing in The Dig for Kids: James. You can also get the journal so that you have an organized place to do your study. These journals also work great for your kids (even your boys!) .
Make sure you join me over in my Facebook group – Worshipful Homemaking- where we will be diving deep in the book of James!
Worshiping With My Life,