Believing Better Before Behaving Better

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

All true disciples of Christ want to live lives devoted to Christ. The problem for many, though, is they are fixated on behaving better before believing better. Our failures in our walk of faith are not rooted in our behavior, but rather, our belief. What we believe about our salvation determines how we behave.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. I am not saying that believing is more important than behaving. Both are important; belief and behavior both matter to God. Think about it this way: What we believe determines how we behave; how we behave demonstrates what we believe.

Maturing in the faith is built upon remembering Whose we are and what He has done on our behalf. What Paul was saying in Philippians 2:13 is that God works His work in us, and that is the work that has already been accomplished by Christ. Paul was telling us that our behavior is strengthened by a deeper understanding of and belief in His behavior on our behalf. The more we believe in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ, the better we will do the works God has given us to do.

Remember, believing better is believing we are secure in our relationship with Jesus — not because of our faithfulness to Him, but rather, His faithfulness to us. When we have that settled in our belief, then our behavior will begin to change, and we will start living more and more for the glory of God and the good of others.

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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