Monday, July 09, 2018

Misconception on Faith and Work

This has been a misconception that many of us as Christians have, faith is truly an essential ingredient that must be present in our walk and work with God for effectiveness and growth in the vineyard of the Lord. We fail to recognize and distinguish faith in different facets of life.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
A large percentage of Christians are devoid of the fact that for faith to be living and standing work must be incorporated.

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without work is dead?." (James 2:20 KJV)
We should not be confused here, faith is holding unto God completely for what has not happened believing it has happened. The bible says it is extremely useless to have faith and no work, this means that it is not all about believing, it is holding steadfastly to your faith for your result, that is the "work" that is spoken of. Work has both a spiritual and physical dimension. In the spiritual God is able to do all and all you need is faith in him and holding unto in totally. For example you are trusting God for a healing in blindness, you cannot work out your healing physically, there is no amount of eye exercise or any other procedure that will restore sight; the work you need to do here is only praying and believing in God, this is faith and work.

But in the physical it takes a different dimension though faith is the same. In this case the principle of physics; (work=force multiply by distance) applies. For example you will be so foolish to just sit back at home doing nothing (no schooling) having faith in God that you would become a professor, the faith is dead and useless because there are certain academic conditions that must be met to become a professor. I mean you must study, own degrees and look forward to been a professor. The work here is "studying". Furthermore, you want to be a multi-millionaire and you do nothing, you don't work towards it and you expect God to throw down millions to you from heaven. God does not work that way, you have faith in him and work towards it in your own little way and he will then expand you and your faith will yield results.

"In order to achieve you goal, faith and work as two different components for work together as one."
This is where many fail and say God does not exist or God is not real. They only possess a hopeless faith in laziness and expect God to perform magic in providing riches or miracles. "We should not just have faith but in the spiritual and physical, we should incorporate work else our faith would be useless." You will end up been disappointed to have faith and have no work.

Let me remind you that faith is not hope but hope is incorporated in faith neither is faith a wish. As Christians we should have faith in God and not wish.

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