by Rick Warren — January 8, 2018
“When will you ever learn that ‘believing’ is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith” (James 2:20 TLB).
Is faith simply a frame of mind? Some see it that way — a passive attribute of a Christian waiting to see what God has in store for you: a promotion, cancer, depression, betrayal, blessing, wealth, or injustice. They might say, “I’ll just wait to see what God is going to do for me and go with the flow.” But that’s foolish talk.
Faith is active. It’s not passive. It’s a commitment. Look at your lifestyle and see what kinds of actions follow as a result of it. If you’ve got a faith that’s real, it can be demonstrated.
If you’ve been baptized you made a statement to God and the people around you. You said, “I’m in!” But it doesn’t stop at baptism — not by a long shot! What else do you do? You start following the pattern of Jesus. Faith is proven by how we live. And don’t misinterpret this. Your salvation is not based on your works. The things you do — your walking-around, everyday life — won’t get you into Heaven. Your actions don’t make you a Christian; they show you’re a Christian.
Here are some next steps you can take in your faith: