‘Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. ‘ 1 Timothy 6:12
Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, hold tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right. Is it time for action on your part? Christian service, like athletics, requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ’s team? (Life Application Study Bible)
These comments remind me of what I read in the book “Miracle in Motion” by Timm Storey. John Wesley, founder of Methodism and instrumental in the Great Awakening in the mid-eighteenth century, said that God does nothing on earth unless somebody prays. In that statement, the
phrase in faith is understood. The Bible makes clear that prayers without faith expressed in action are ineffectual. That means they are not “working” prayers but only words.
“Faith”- complete trust or confidence in someone or something. This meaning of Faith is from the dictionary. So consider the words that I marked in bold. So Faith without expression in action is ineffectual. Wow, just a reminder again that nothing in life comes without action.
Listing to an interview earlier with Rebeca Davis author of the book Self-Helpless: A Cynic’s Search for Sanity. She tells her story of life experiences. What stands out to me, she gave up alcohol and describes, how that impacted her life. Interesting to me that none of her journeys would have been possible without action. As like given up drinking.
So, nothing in life just happens. You don’t develop a good spiritual life by doing nothing. As the commentator says above it takes obedience and discipline in the right areas that will grow you completely. You cant become a master Pastor by doing nothing; it takes dedication and application. All this is also applicable to the little things in life.
Lord, I pray You to help me make a difference in my life and others. In Jesus name, Amen.”