by Shawn Chou
If someone asked us whether we
professed any religion, we may instinctively reply, “I believe in God” or “I’m
a Christian.” At such a reply, how often does the questioner demonstrate a
desire to find out more about our faith?
A True Jesus Church member was once
asked by her colleagues, “How are you always able to remain so joyful and caring
toward others despite your busy workload? “ Her selflessness and diligence at
the workplace had clearly impressed her colleagues and soon led to a
conversation about how her faith enabled her to be so exemplary.
Jesus gave us this principle to
live by, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Mt 5:16). In order to shine for Jesus, we
must integrate our faith into our lives, rather than separate the two. Faith is
not something we practice only once a week. In this issue, our writers look at
how our faith must be infused into every part and every moment of our lives.
The term “faith” sometimes feels
too abstract to grasp, let alone manifest in our lives. But if we think about
it, faith consists of three crucial elements: biblical knowledge, belief, and practical
application of God’s will.
First, biblical knowledge forms
the foundation of our faith—it allows us to know God and
His will. Without a solid foundation, we will easily deviate from the truth and
always remain a spiritual infant. We live in a world where the lines between
right and wrong are increasingly blurred. Satan relentlessly tries to tempt us
to cross the boundary between holiness and sin. To overcome these, we must be
well-grounded and steadfast in God’s word. We must find time to read the Bible,
listen to sermons, and study the Bible with others to better know God and His
However, if our faith only consists
of biblical knowledge, we are like the scribes and Pharisees. We know the
minutest statute and regulation but understand little of the intent behind
God’s commands. We spend much time studying the Bible, but do not truly believe
God’s word or use it to improve ourselves. The second critical element is thus
belief in God’s truth. The author of the book of Hebrews warns us, “For indeed
the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard
did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb
Finally, we must translate our Bible
knowledge and belief into a walk worthy of our calling. We must apply God’s
word to our daily life and live for the Lord; not just once a week in church,
but at all times and wherever we are. For example, two writers share on how we
can apply our faith in our workplaces and at home.
“Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine,
and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock;
and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was
founded on the rock.” (Mt 7:24–25)
This is often the hardest part of
all; we need personal resolve and reliance on God’s Spirit to carry out God’s commands.
Hence, prayer must be another pillar of our daily routines―we need to ask
God to help us put our faith into action. If we can make our faith an integral
part of our lives, we will see God working in our lives. Moreover, the more we
trust and experience Him, the more we develop a solid foundation, able to
withstand any circumstance.
In short, knowledge, belief, and
action are the three core elements of faith that must coexist and reinforce
each other. First, we learn about God, next we believe in Him, and ultimately,
we become doers of His word. Then, the more we apply His word, the closer we
draw to Him and understand Him. And the more we understand Him, the stronger
our belief and trust in Him. When all these work together, our lives will be a
song of faith that will touch those around us.