the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Tangible faith is not an oxymoron. The Bible affirms that faith without visible verification is valueless. “…faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20) But, how can you see, touch, taste, feel or smell that which is hoped for or unseen?
Authentic faith fuels our actions. If our belief is merely intellectual, then it will not engage our will. If it is merely emotional, it will not cross the line of self-sacrifice. But when faith has captivated our intellect, motivated our emotions and mastered our will, then it becomes a living, breathing visible representation of the reality of God’s love through us. When faith takes up residence in the human heart, it transforms a self-centered, callous individual into an others-centered, compassionate soul, who cares not just for his own life but for the needs of others as well.
Once we have tangibly touched, felt and tasted the goodness of God’s love, that unseen hope of the soul compels us to share whatever we have been blessed with. Now others might see Christ through us and experience the tangible benefit of an otherwise untouchable God.
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1John 3:17-18) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
QUESTION: Do your actions reflect a life of faith? What tangible evidence does your life reflect of God’s love?