I believe in wearing deodorant, a seatbelt, and my wedding band. I feel these items benefit me and, in some cases, those around me. But, in these instances, if I don’t actually DO these things, my belief is irrelevant.
Many people say they believe Jesus is the Son of God. They have heard promises in Scripture like John 3:16 that says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” True, those who believe are saved. But when we stop at this entry level of faith, we miss out on the greater blessings God is yearning to pour into our lives.
Jesus’ half-brother, James, encouraged and perhaps shocked believers with this: “I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder” (James 2:18b-19). He emphasized that faith includes action. Paul described it this way, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6b).
So for those of us who do believe Jesus is the Son of God, may we seek the Lord today and follow His lead in where to step forward … beyond belief.