Luke 17:6 “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
We live in an exciting day. Many admit they are Christian, yet by their works, they cause doubt. Many Christians say they have faith, yet, there is no fruit to support their claim.
One must place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection regarding salvation. That faith MUST be by the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
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The first difference one may encounter is some may say they’re born-again, but their works reveal a difference. Some describe this as the “18-inch difference,” the distance between one’s head and heart.
A person can spout factual information on a subject. Yet, some are clueless about how to put it into practice.
Salvation means a transaction has taken place. I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and in return, my spirit comes alive, and the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in me. My faith put in the right place is the key.
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Not only is there a difference between the saved and the unsaved, but even among the people of faith.
When I read this passage this morning, I felt God impress upon my heart to examine the times when I exercised this faith I claim to possess. Again, it is the difference between knowing and doing. James helps to define it clearly.
James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Some confuse this passage as a requirement for works to justify our salvation, using it as a test to pass for proof. A saved child of God’s life will change. Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is salvation. What we do afterward, reveals the change.
For me, before salvation, I gave no thought to the sin I committed. I enjoyed it. I reveled in it. Afterward, I felt deep conviction when I told a lie, or transgressed in any way. It was the presence of the Holy Spirit convicting me.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
The faith of which I speak is the works we do at the leading of the Spirit. If we truly love God, we will do what He commands.
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
The difference that struck me is every day living of my faith.
I identify with the faith I place in Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed to tell others about the most beautiful decision I have ever made. I am unafraid to let others know how God has changed my life or how He has answered my prayers.
Herein lies the difference.
Every saved child of God must be vocal regarding their faith. God commands us to be salt and light.
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
If you are a saved child of God today, how is your life any different from those around you?
Do you add flavor to other’s lives because you are in it?
Do you shed light on the path for others to be saved?
Are you a ready witness for God to a searching soul in need of salvation?
Do you see prayers answered?
Can you testify of God’s transforming power in your life?
Does your life show the peace of God in times of trouble?
These and many more are ways in which our faith makes a difference. We are admonished by scripture that we must be ready witnesses as we see the day of Christ’s return approaching.
Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Not just church attendance but participation, actively using our gifts and talents to further the kingdom.
What are you waiting for?