So then faith that doesn’t involve action is phony. James 2:17 (TPT)
Faith is a Practice – The Practice Series – Part 1
More and more, these ‘daily devotionals' we publish here at Pocket Fuel are becoming a daily practice for us. It’s a practice to write them, read them, and engage them in our living (if that is indeed what should be done with them).
Words are just words unless they inaugurate or spur on some kind of actual practice. Faith without works is dead (James 2), but faith that empties into actions? Into lives and vocations and decisions and engagement? Words that build our worlds? (a Heschel reference for those that know…) That’s stuff you can work with.
Gandhi said it like this:
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
In fact, I would go so far as to say that any kind of daily prayer/devotional/meditative/spiritual practice that doesn’t impact the WAY you live is somewhat a waste of time. You need both the abstract and the practical.
You can make as many resolutions and goals and plans as you like; you can Instagram them, or beautifully letter them into that 2018 journal you bought from an expensive stationery shop; you can share them with your friends and talk about them with your mum…
But unless you put resolutions and goals and plans into practice, they’ll stay exactly where they are now: in thin air.
The same goes for our ideas on spirituality and Christianity and faith. We say a lot of big words, and throw around a lot of big ideas, but unless those words and ideas can be broken down into our lives, they don’t really make any kind of lasting difference to the world.
Faith is a practice, not a standard, or a resolution, or a goal. It’s something you live into and with. It’s something you get to actually practice; as in giving it a go, try again, work it out. It’s something you do as well as something you believe. Just as much as it is something you know, it’s also something you learn.
Practice, friends. Not because practice makes perfect, but because practice makes it a real and tangible part of our lives.
What is it that you’re going to practice this year?