Let me ask you this. Can you be accused of being a coffee snob? Do you show up at meetings where there is free coffee with a five dollar latte? Do you believe that cream comes out of the cow flavored with hazelnuts? Do your loved ones give you coffee paraphernalia for gifts? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be in danger of being labeled a coffee snob. It’s amazing how much attention a person can draw just from their coffee drinking behaviors.
But let me ask you another question. Can you be accused of being a Christian? Is there enough evidence in your behaviors for someone to know you are a follower of Jesus Christ? If I asked your coworkers, neighbors and friends if you are a Christian, would they enthusiastically proclaim your allegiance to Christ or would they look at me bewildered? Are they more likely to know your coffee preference than your religious preference?
Abraham’s religious preference was to faithfully follow the Lord God Almighty. One day, God led Abraham to a strange place for a strange reason. It had to do with Isaac, his son and the heir to all of Abraham’s promises from God. God told Abraham to take Isaac to the top of a nearby mountain. When Abraham got there, God told him to kill his young son as a sacrifice to the Lord. Can you imagine having so much faith in the Lord that you would take your son up the mountain, put him on the altar and begin to lower your knife to kill him? I can’t imagine it but that’s what Abraham did. From his actions, could you accuse Abraham of being sold out to God? Oh yeah, no problem.
The good news is that God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac. So then why did God bother? Why did God put Abraham through all that anguish? Maybe this was all about faith. Abraham stepped out in faith into the unbearable place God placed before him. How do you think Abraham’s actions impacted his faith in God?
James 2:22 talks about Abraham’s actions that day by saying, “You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.” When we act on our faith, our faith grows. It’s really that simple. You discover that even in the frightening places God is leading you, He not only shows up but you discover He is more loving, more merciful, and more powerful than anything you had previously been able to comprehend. Stepping out for God takes your faith, which by grace has already saved you, one step closer to completion.
If your actions can tell people about your coffee desires, do your actions also reveal your desires for Christ? Let your faith and your actions work together so much that people can easily accuse you of being a Christian. This may in some ways seem scary but trust me- this is living the Christian life to the fullest. Actions work with faith; faith works with actions.