As we walk in faith it becomes apparent to us that talk is cheap. We talk the good talk but actions are not very near sometimes. This new concept of faith and action together is not new at all, but we act at times as if it is new. God was always very adamant that for those who come near Him with their mouths, and honor Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from him, realize that their faith is then dead. In our study in the book of James we hear him say, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”. The term that I have heard used to describe this frequently among Christian circles is that ofpractical atheism. That is, one who believes in God, but lives as if God doesn't exist. An oxymoron to describe this further is the words, "Lukewarm Christian". We have enough of Christ to satisfy us but not enough to change who we are. I look at my life sometimes and I see too many areas of practical atheism. I look at my life at times and I see a full-time pastor and a part-time follower of Christ. This is a drastic statement I know; however, it stands in the face of a real God who is not here to pacify a world that would merely consider God to be real. On the contrary, we are not in a think-tank group posing the question, “Do you think God is really there?”. Instead, for the seasoned believer our cry must be, “Oh God, I know that you are there”. Be near oh God, for your nearness to us is for our good. Be real oh God, for your realness to us is for our good.
Are you a full-time mom and a part-time follower of Christ? Are you a full-time businessman and part-time follower of Christ? Are you a full-time student, and a part-time follower of Christ? Your faith as it is demonstrated by your actions will answer the question. To be a full time follower of Jesus is to demonstrate my faith with action as a "doer" of the word and not just a "talker", and to live your life totally sold out to Him. That's crazy love.