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Pastor's Column -- Are You Commendable?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I recently read a statement, "our true beliefs are revealed by our actions. What we say we believe reveals our intentions, but what we do as a result of our beliefs reflects our actual convictions." Observing a person's actions will demonstrate what they believe to be true. In the spiritual realm we call that "faith."

A person may have faith in themselves, certain individuals or they may place their faith in God and His word. Watch what a person does or how they behave and you will have a clear understanding of what they believe. The New Testament writer James states in 2:18, "Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do."

Many may acknowledge there is a God, but have they placed their trust in Him? Some may say, "He is Lord!", but do they obey Him? A majority of our society may acknowledge The Bible as a "good" book and even a word from God and yet we take it out of our schools and refuse to acknowledge its application to the moral base of our society.

What activities in your life demonstrate what you believe to be true? The writer of Hebrews pointed out, "This is what the ancients were commended for." The heroes of the Old Testament listed in chapter 11 lived a life that demonstrated their faith. The entire chapter gives the rewards they received by living what they believed, by being obedient to God. Verse six states, "Without faith it is impossible to please God."

How are you doing? The writer of Hebrews concludes chapter 11 with, "These were all commended for their faith." It's not about "intentions", it's about a life lived by obedience. It's about what can be seen and is demonstrated. It's about a "change of the heart", rather than just a change of the mind. Has Jesus change your heart? Can you see it in the choices you make? Can others see it as a witness of what God has done in your life? That's the faith to be commended!

Wayne Doolin

First Baptist Church

Minister of Education and Music