5. Live out your faith
In the book of James, we read, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (1:22 ESV).
A person who merely assents to the truths of God’s Word in his or her mind, but never acts on those beliefs, may not even be saved. They might simply be deceiving themselves.
Paul says in Romans 2:3 that, “it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified” (ESV).
James tells us that, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (2:26 ESV). A belief that is not authentic enough to influence one’s actions is probably not a belief that one holds very seriously.
However, these works spoken of are not a list of rules and regulations that one must attempt to follow.
Jesus makes it clear that the works consist of following God’s will, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”(Matthew 7:21 ESV).
Our desire should be to please God by doing what He wants us to do.