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Redefining Faith

A lifestyle of sharing Jesus

Lion of Judah - redefiner of faith

Lion of Judah – redefiner of faith

In my opinion some of the scariest verses in the Bible are Matthew 7:22-23,

On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”

Makes you think twice about your relationship with Jesus, doesn’t it? These verses contributed to the “Redefining Faith” name on my website.

Faith as a motivating belief

One definition of faith is a “system of religious belief”. Faith is important and necessary yet James takes it a step further by stating, “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless” (James 2:17). Genuine faith should motivate you to love God and love people; should motivate you to action.

Verse 21 declares, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter (emphasis added).”

Life in Jesus involves “doing.”

When Zacchaeus encountered Jesus he was motivated to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back four times as much from anything wrongful gain. Jesus declared, “Salvation has come to this home today” (Luke 19:9). His actions were not necessary for salvation but they were evidence of a life changed by encountering Jesus.

Knowing Jesus

Weekly attendance at church, reading daily a chapter in the Bible, and saying grace before dinner may better represent familial habits than a genuine relationship with Jesus.

Ask yourself this question: Do your conversations about Jesus match your lifestyle? Maybe you should start with, are you telling others about Jesus at all? If you know Jesus, if you have genuinely encountered Him, you cannot help but talk about Him. The better your relationship with Jesus, the more you love people and the more you want others to have this incredible gift you have been given.

May you redefine faith as you pursue Jesus. There is no better way to obey Christ’s command then to “make disciples”.

The challenge

Begin today to live out a faith motivated by pure love for God, a faith that requires more than taking up space on a pew or saying a prayer before dinner, a faith that brings real meaning and hope for the future.

In what ways has your faith motivated you to action? What are you doing to display the love of Jesus to those you know?