“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
As Christians, we know our faith in Christ defines who we are and how we should live. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians, we live by our faith and we live for Christ; all because of His precious sacrifice. Admittedly though, there are times when we forget this blessed truth. There are times when we wander off that straight and narrow road. We are all susceptible to those moments of spiritual lows, regardless of how long we’ve been a Christian, or our individual levels of faith. So when we encounter obstacles in our faith journeys, we may become discouraged and possibly tempted to forget to live as those who have been redeemed. Thus, we need to know what it means to put our faith into action.
We need to remind ourselves to be living testimonies for Jesus Christ through the way we live out our beliefs. We’re aware of the common expression, “actions speak louder than words”. In a similar way, we live out our faith on a daily basis. Not only on Sundays, and not only within our Christian circles. We live our faith each and every day in thought and action. We should always renew our hearts and minds, and make a concerted effort to reach out to those who need to hear God’s message of love. It’s certainly true that church really begins when the service ends.
Our worship to God, in faith, is perpetual. When Paul writes that Christ lives in him, he’s making a declaration of how much his faith changed the way he lives. In the same token, let’s also strive to live by faith by becoming genuine believers whose actions mirror our words. Faith is not merely a concept, and it’s not so much a noun as it is a verb. Faith is a call to action; we live by and through our faith.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “The genuine life of the Christian is the life which we live in the flesh by faith of the Son of God.” If Christ truly lives in us, then we’ll naturally strive to live out our faith. Let’s make that our goal.