Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..
In the fourth installment on the armor of God, we come to the part of Ephesians where Paul mentions the shied of Faith. Faith seems like such a simple topic, but is it really?
If we check out the Merriam – Webster dictionary definition of faith, we will find faith listed as a noun with the following definition:
This, however, is a modern take on what faith means. The Biblical writers lived in a different time and for them faith may have had a slightly different meaning. Merriam – Webster also points out that there is an archaic form for faith which is a verb. Perhaps our Biblical writers viewed it not as faith, but more as “faithing”.
James, the brother of Jesus, writes to us about faith saying:
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder (James 2:14-19).”
James would go on to offer proof using Abraham as an example. But there are countless examples throughout the Bible that faith is not a belief, but it is a conviction to act.
Abraham didn’t just believe God would help him; he took action. He was faithing when he prepared to sacrifice Isaac; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were faithing when they disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar; Moses was faithing when he walked through the passage in the Red Sea; David was faithing when he fought Goliath; and Peter was faithing when he stepped out of the boat and walked on the waters of Capernaum.
Living this type of faith doesn’t have to be a grand thing. Jesus offered some examples in Matthew when he talked about feeding the hungry, clothing and sheltering the less fortunate, befriending the stranger and taking care of the sick to name just a few.
Living our lives by faithing, leads to transformation and growth of our souls. It draws us closer to God and leads us down the path that Jesus blazed for us.
That leads me to a question, which I will close with today. What can you and I do to become better faithers? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Shalom and have a blessed day!