This is part 2 of my husband’s sermon on living biblically.
George Barna, who is well-known for his work doing surveys about the church was asked how we can know what another person truly believes? How can asking questions open up something which can be kept hidden? In his answer, Dr. Barna said that he does not just ask people what they believe, he also questions them about what they do. The he said this:
“You do what you believe. If your behavior doesn’t represent your (stated) beliefs, it’s not really a belief.”
Jesus says the same thing. At the close of the Sermon on the Mount, he speaks of false prophets and how to tell who they are, saying:
“You will recognize them by their fruit…. every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. “
In other words, if you are believer, you will have a living faith, one which presents itself to the world through deeds. Let’s continue with Paul’s words in the book of Romans:
“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many parts in one body and all the body’s parts do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another. However, since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them properly: if prophecy, in proportion to one’s faith; if service, in the act of serving; or the one who teaches, in the act of teaching; or the one who exhorts, in the work of exhortation; the one who gives, with generosity; the one who is in leadership, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:3-8
Essentially what Paul does here is move everything that is spiritual out to the rest of our lives..There are people whose Christianity is limited pretty much to an hour or so on Sunday; but our worship isn’t confined to one space, once a week. Rather, our entire life is worship.
When someone lives a life of faith that is framed by a truly biblical worldview, they will come to understand how it is that God has blessed them in terms of the tasks prepared for them to do which build up His kingdom. As Carl Olaf Rosenius said:
“Believers are not to use their time and gifts according to their fancy, but these are to be used for the glory of Him who paid such a tremendous price for us.”