Let me ask you a question that is sort of an extension of my last post.
What makes the heart of God glad or happy?
Have you ever thought about it? Many writers and speakers suggest that it is solely the content of your heart that matters to God. In the most basic sense I agree with them. However, it’s in the practice of our lives that I have a pretty serious disagreement with that sentiment. Let me restate that position with an addition that I believe makes the statement more accurate.
God is pleased solely by the content of our heart as demonstrated by our actions. More simply stated, you act upon that which you really believe.
1 Peter 1:2 states… “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
We were chosen by God for obedience.
As I’m sure you understand obedience always carries with it the concept of behavior and not simply intention. It’s great that you feel and perhaps can even articulate strongly a particular belief, but until that belief begins to alter your behavior it is simply not…. what’s the word…. ah yes….it is simply not yet FAITH.
You see, faith alters behavior. Faith always alters behavior! You may concede a point stated in the scriptures, you may even include it in your own personal magna carta and defend that point to your peers, but until it begins to alter your life, it has not risen to the level of faith. We are not called to only believe, but to have FAITH! Faith alters behavior!