Let’s say you say you’re going to start running. And so you buy running shoes, you subscribe to runner’s magazines, you start wearing spandex, like all the time. And then six months goes by, and you still haven’t taken your shoes out of the box…
You’re not a runner.
Having all of the things a runner has doesn’t make you a runner. RUNNING makes you a runner!
Just because you’re in church, or know all of the right Bible answers, or listen to Christian music doesn’t mean that you’re walking in faith.
Just knowing a lot about the Bible and following all the rules doesn’t mean you have faith. In the Bible, Jesus constantly has run-ins with the Pharisees. They were experts in the Old Testament Law. The Pharisees knew the scriptures like the back of their hand but were ultimately clueless about God.
They might have been good at following the rules, but the key to acceptance with God is faith. True faith, results in obedience. Faithless obedience is worthless because at the heart of the gospel is Jesus dying for those who have faith in him. Earning salvation through obedience makes Christ’s death meaningless.
Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in Minnesota.