“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
– John 14:12-14
We’ve been talking about faith in action and how Jesus calls us as His disciples to do the same kinds of miraculous things He did. However, for many of us who grew up in church, the emphasis has been on ideas, not on motion.
While I believe it’s very important to know theology and to have proper doctrine, these things are not the essence of Christianity. It’s easy to get caught up in debate over philosophical or theological issues and completely miss the point, which can be summed up by a phrase you’ve heard many times — actions speak louder than words! I think social media showcases a great example of what can go wrong when the emphasis of faith is on discussion and not on action. While you can argue on a comment or post all day, I’m fairly sure that no one is really being influenced by your debate. Why? Because there is no cost involved in mere opinion; the price is paid when you put your beliefs in motion. As daunting as it can be to step out in faith, it’s what you are called to do, and your Savior promises to meet you there!
Friend, the Word of God is true! You are anointed to do the works that Jesus did and even greater things. Not only should you have faith that the Lord exists and that He sent His Son to die on the cross and be raised to life again, you should have the sort of belief that compels you to move. By the power of the Holy Spirit, align your faith, your decisions, and your goals with specific actions and marry your conviction to motion. When you do this, the impact will be far greater than you can even comprehend!
Jesus, I ask that you take my ideas and theology and set them in motion. May I be a person of action, not merely of words.
This week, how can you marry your convictions and beliefs to specific motions?