Today’s words are hard to fit into a soundbyte-sized dose. But let’s see what we can do.
It’s tough to preach faith and works the right way through all the noise of people preaching it wrong. Some folks say works are as important as faith (they’re not), while others preach that works don’t matter at all (they do). Without faith you still can wear yourself out doing Bible things in Bible ways, but you’ll still be on the way to hell. With real faith, though, you’ll be amazed at how much work you’ll accomplish, and enjoy the effort.
So faith matters most, and it’s a matter of the heart. That’s why the Bible, from start to finish, focuses more on what’s happening with the heart than with the hands. Of course, only God reads our hearts. We can fool people into thinking we’re working from faithful hearts when we’re really only serving ourselves. We may even fool ourselves. That’s why most of us would do well to join in the prayer, “Lord, I have faith; help my faithlessness!”
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley