Doers of the Word: 6 Tips to Living Out Your Faith

by Derek Hill · Print Print · Email Email

I love the following verse because it always brings “reality” back into the Christian life:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:14-16)

We cannot possibly have a faith worth anything if we don’t put our beliefs in action. “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17) So what does “living out your faith” look like? Here are just 6 of many ways that we can show our identity in Christ as we serve our fellow man.

1. Pray for Those in Need

I know that God has placed someone on your heart already that needs prayer. This is a motivation brought on by the Holy Spirit. Take the time to pray for your pastors, that they may stay true to the Word as they preach and lead you in worship. Pray for that friend of yours that you have wanted to talk to about Christ. Pray that God will soften their hearts in advance so your words will be received with sincerity. There is always someone to pray for.

The power of prayer is absolutely unbelievable sometimes. I have a good friend that just adopted a boy from the Ukraine with his wife. Countless times he called me with financial concerns with funding the adoption; we are talking about thousands of dollars here. Every single time we prayed together or separately, God was there and He always provided my friend with the money through someone from church or a neighbor or even an anonymous person. Through prayer and faith, God brought that wonderful boy back to the USA to a caring, loving family that will bring him up with the truth of God’s Word.

2. Follow the Leading of the Spirit

Do you know what the Holy Spirit is? He is our “helper” as described in John 14:26. When we pray to God and really don’t know what to say, the “Spirit, Himself, intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Rom:26b) This same Spirit that takes control in prayer also spurs us on to do works for Christ. The Holy Spirit speaks to us mainly through scripture. The scripture is truth and when that truth makes an impression on you to act, the Holy Spirit has actually motivated you to act.  Also, the Holy Spirit sometimes will make a huge impression on you to do something. If you are unsure if He has spoken or not, consider what you are thinking about. The Spirit will never ask you to do anything that is against the Word. So, follow when the Spirit speaks!

3. Be an Active Member in your Congregation

We cannot possibly have a faith worth anything if we don’t put our beliefs in action.

There is always one role that you can play in your church, whether it is serving communion/offering, greeting people at the doors, or taking a head count to see how many attended the services. You have been given skills and talents by God, so use them. If you are a people person, being a greeter would be awesome for you. If you are great with electronics and computers, being on the audio/video tech team would be a perfect fit for you. Romans 12:6a sums it up when it says, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” God has blessed you with a skill set and it is important to use it for the good of the church.

4. Obey the Scriptures

Whatever is said in scripture should be acted upon in obedience. The Ten Commandments really are a great place to start if you have never looked intently at the Word. These are found in Exodus 20:3-17.

I.  You shall have no other gods before me.

II.  You shall not make for yourself a carved image [idols]

III. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

IV.  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

V.   Honor your father and your mother.

VI. You shall not murder.

VII.  You shall not commit adultery.

VIII. You shall not steal

IX.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

X. You shall not covet.

5. Tithe

“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.” (Lev 27:30) Just as Christ came to obey and fulfill the law, we must also obey. God requires us to give 1/10 of the money we earn (which He has really given us) back to Him. Not only that, but God invites us to test Him in it. “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Mal 3:10) I can assuredly attest to this. A few years back we didn’t have enough money to buy the kids Christmas gifts. We still tithed, and by the grace of God one of my good Christian brothers gave me a check for a substantial amount of money that covered all of my children’s gifts. I was literally brought to tears when he gave me that check. It is a moment of grace that has touched me to this day.

6. Missions

Some are called to the “mission field” as they go out to other countries around the world. I am not talking only about them. We are all missionaries, and your neighbor might be your mission field. Get involved in donating to charities or becoming a big brother/sister to a child who needs one so desperately. Be a mentor for someone younger in your church. Search out the needs in your community and fill them. Donate your clothes to a foundation that could give them to hurting families. Donate to food pantries and help feed the poor. Mow your neighbor’s grass because they are too old to be doing it themselves. Offer to take an elderly woman/man shopping for groceries once a week. The list goes on and on. Seek out those in need and help them. There is not a better way to show the love of Christ than to relieve a burden on someone who is in need. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (Jas 1:27 NLT)

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 Conclusion

God has called us to live by the Word and obey the Word. If you are following His precepts that are written in His holy Word, you can know for certain that you are living out a genuine faith. Feel free to suggest any more ideas about living out your faith. May God bless you as you become a blessing to others.

Source The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV) YouTube video “I Walk by Faith” by Maranatha Praise Band



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