Day 28 of 40: Yesterday I wrote about preparing our faith with scripture. It may have seemed like I was leaving out other ways to prepare our faith.
The church gives us many ways to prepare our faith, such as prayer, fasting, and more. Anecdotally I believe our area of greatest weakness in terms of a prepared faith is scriptural knowledge. Without this knowledge it is difficult to have a faith in action.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
God wants us to put our faith in action. Earlier in this series I wrote about the Ananias from the book of Acts. Ananias had to have faith in God when he was asked to visit a known persecutor, Saul. Ananias was nervous but still obeyed God. Do those around us see our faith in action? Do Orthodox Christians see me as an obedient servant of God or someone who relies on his own wit and resources?
If we are not demonstrating our faith in action, then we cannot lead by example. Sometimes this means taking a risk, stepping outside of our boundaries, and doing things which feel uncomfortable but are the right thing to do. One of these areas is evangelism.
Maybe another way to consider faith in action is this: We know Jesus told us we would be persecuted in his name. If we are not being persecuted (in America that mostly means verbally), then do people know we are Christians?