Knowing the right answer is not the same as doing the right thing. And all too often we know the right answers in our life with God, but this has not yet translated into applied action throughout our life and relationships. As such, what we say doesn’t match the life we live, which leads us to compromise our integrity.
To be fair, this is rarely intentional. And often we’ve never been taught how to put our faith into action. A life of faith was presented mostly as understanding the right things. And while we need to have a solid understanding of the things we believe, mere understanding is not enough when it doesn’t also make a meaningful difference in our daily lives.
For instance, putting faith into action means engaging our work by faith. Our jobs and careers become a divine calling rather than just a paycheck or a place to make a name for ourselves. And even our daily work decisions are filtered through our life with God. Does this next decision allow me to advance the good God has called me to do? Or does it diminish it?
And relationally, faith calls us to consider more than just our happiness. Why has God given us our family and friends, neighbors, coworkers, and the like? And how can this relationship magnify God’s love and reflect his light in the world?This requires daily decisions to grow in our practice of love.
Likewise, we put faith into action sexually by protecting, celebrating, and using our sexual selves as vehicles of love. True sexual faithfulness is more than not sinning in the usual ways. We must also learn and practice what it means to live full and free as embodied sexual beings reflecting the glory of God.
Whatever it looks like, we must consistently take our faith beyond our heads and into our hearts and bodies – informing the ins and outs of our daily lives and not just our stated beliefs.
In the end, understand your faith and also put it into action. More than mere talking points, faith is to direct the course of your everyday life.