We have all heard the statement, “You are what you eat.” In many ways I think that statement is true. No, eating bacon, does not make me a pig. The statement is a colloquial way to express a the simple truth that what we eat has a bearing on our physical and mental health.
“You are what you believe” is an even more accurate statement. Suppose you believed that it is alright to steal. Such a belief will allow you to consciously be a thief.
Applying this to our walk as Christians, remember that Christ said, “. . . for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Recall that the Hebrew penman wrote, “An without faith it is impossible to please him . . .” (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is not simply knowledge or mere opinion. Nor is faith simply human judgment. Faith involves much more than mental assent. Many may express confidence that Jesus lived, give him lip-service, and have their names on a church roll and still have be faithless. James said, ” . . . Even the demons believe – and shutter” (James 2:19).
1. Confidence. It is trust. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
2. Credible. Faith finds basis in evidence. The evidence of creation (Rom 1:19-20) and the evidence of God’s Word (Rom 10:17).
3. Conductive. That is faith impacts our conduct our actions. Faith does not just sit in a corner and make grandiose statements. Faith moves, Faith acts. Faith works in love for God and man. (Gal 5:6; Jam 2:14ff).
We are what we believe. We act on our faith. To believe nothing is to be nothing. To be inactive for Christ is evidence of a lacking faith.
What I do reveals what I believe.