Obedience: The Fruit of Faith

The fruit of faith is obedience.

What does that mean exactly?

To say the fruit of faith is obedience means that if you believe God, if you trust in Him and truly love Him, then you will do what He tells you to do. The Bible says that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (James 2:19-22 NKJV)

In verse 22, the word perfect comes from the Greek word teleioo, which means to consummate, reaching the end stage; working through the entire process to reach the end stage.

Through this scripture we see that our faith, which we were already equipped with from the beginning (See my post on the seed analogy) requires obedience in order to reach the desired destination.

As an example, let’s look at the story of Abraham:

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:2-5, 10-12 NKJV)

When they were approaching their destination, Abraham told his men to wait there while they take the journey up the mountain and he told them “we will come back to you”.

The statement regarding his return showed that Abraham trusted God and knew that because God promised him his son, somehow his son would be returning with him. He still travelled up the mountain and prepared to sacrifice Isaac because that is what he was instructed to do.

If you are trying to reach a certain point don’t allow yourself to get frustrated. Ask yourself “have I sought God and His will”, if the answer to that is “yes” then ask God what He would have you to do. He will give you instructions when the time is right. Do not attempt to take things into your own hands out of impatience.

If the answer to the question is “no” then stop what you have been attempting and ask God to speak to you on His perfect will for your life.

Your faith must be supported, completed, and made perfect by your obedience to God’s written and spoken word. Let faith in God reign in all aspects of your life.

A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24 NKJV)

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