“Once, all of the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.” ~Unknown
One of the least understood teachings of the Bible is the relationship between faith and good deeds (or “works”). Yes, faith is trusting God for his free gift of salvation (we truly can’t save ourselves). But faith without deeds is simply not real faith. Or at best it’s an infantile faith. Which is fine–at first–but we’re not meant to stay infants. God is in the business of making disciples, mature followers who walk by faith, and in the process, show a desperate world how it’s done.