Belief and Action

There’s a tendency in our church culture to focus far more on belief than action. Belief is certainly important, but so often we excuse ourselves from action because we “believe” the right things. Or we waste time and energy arguing over what we should and shouldn’t believe.

After all, check out this parable:

Matthew 7:24-26

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (emphasis mine)

For the longest time I thought this parable what about believing the right things. That somehow believing in the rock was enough. But when we read it, it clearly implies action.

So believe the right things. That is important. But also, do the right things. That’s where you’ll build a foundation.