One of our tech guys at work has started sending us daily quotes, all with a quick thought and random fact. One of the first ones he shared was this:
He related it to the workplace, but it struck me as something that should be applied more in the Christian walk as well.
'Knowing is not enough.' We are to apply what we have learned.
Having a willing and faith-filled heart is great... but not enough. We are to do.
What does it profit, my brethren,if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food and one of you says to them 'Depart in peace, be warmed and be filled,' but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Do you believe?
Great. How is this faith reflected in your life?
Do you know Christ?
Great. How is HE being reflected in your life?
And I would add... our faith should be reflected just as much in what we refrain from as much as what we do. I see far too many fellow Christians (and I'm guilty as well, at times) who declare their faith and then think nothing of cussing a blue streak or gossiping or slandering or sharing something inappropriate on Facebook.... and on and on and on.
We should be set apart. Not reflecting the world around us. But, reflecting what we know of Christ.
Knowing is only half the battle.
Follow-through is everything.