Though faith is essential, it must be put into action. We read that “without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
When God decided to create the world, He had more than a concept, He put His concept into action, and if we want our faith to be productive, it must be put into action.
As His children, God expects us to be good stewards of possessions He gave us. A great example is found in:
Acts 4:32-35 “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.”
Though that isn’t done in churches of today, God’s work is to be supported, and our tithes are the fairest way to do so. However, I can believe that truth and not support my church, if faith is not put into action.
Suppose on Saturday night I write a check for my tithe, put it into an envelope and place it in my desk drawer. Next morning at church the offering plate is passed, but I had left my tithe at home in the desk drawer and it will help no one while there. Though my intention was good, that is not enough; hell will be filled with those who intended to accept Jesus some day, but did not put their faith into action.
Revelation 3: 20 “Jesus said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
Father, speak to each heart who reads these words, and if one has not invited Jesus into his or her heart, may the door be opened. Jesus loves us but is polite and will not enter our hearts unless invited. We pray in His precious Name. Amen.