At the ripe age of 6 years old, I decided I wanted to join the swim team. I jumped feet first into a cold, 25-yard pool and circled my arms up and down the lane more times than I can count. When it was time to compete in meets, I’d always stop by the merchandise tent to buy a t-shirt to commemorate each one.
Out of the many t-shirts I collected over the years, my favorite one had a simple line written on it in bold, red letters: “Actions speak louder than words.” As an athlete, I always related this line to sports. If we’re going to talk the talk, we have to walk the walk, right? Little did I know, this line is more than just a catch phrase we apply to athletic performances, it’s a truth rooted in the book of James.
James, the brother of Jesus, teaches us that our faith isn’t just about our words or what we say we believe. Faith is about matching our words with our actions. In the same way an athlete’s performance reveals their physical condition, our actions reveal our spiritual condition. What a sweet gift to know we aren’t saved by what we do; we are saved by placing our faith in Jesus. But a living faith moves us to give and love generously; fueled by the redeeming love of Jesus.
If you’re wondering, “What does this look like?” I think it can be pure and simple, like holding a door for a stranger, inviting a friend to church, or giving someone your undistracted attention. We are God’s plan A when it comes to showing people what Jesus is like. Your faith in action matters!
A living faith is an active faith; one that outwardly reflects what Jesus has done inwardly. What can we do today, big or small, to show our faith in Jesus?