Living out your faith is a common phrase you hear in church or from respected elders and peers, but it can be tough to put into words. Despite the seeming simplicity of the statement, we frequently find ourselves at a loss as to how to put our faith into practice daily. But we aim to rewrite the narrative and make it simple to begin openly proclaiming our beliefs to the world immediately.
Serving in the church’s nursery or teaching Sunday school is a great way to put your beliefs into action, but it’s not the only place we may practice it. Instead, it’s a constant reminder to the world that you’re grateful for God and His work in your life. Our decisions will have repercussions for ourselves and others close to us.
Here are six everyday actions that might help you put your religion into practice. Likely, you’re already preaching to those around you by performing some things on this list without even realizing it.
Philippians 2:3 — Being a faithful and humble friend.
In Philippians, Paul urges us to always put others’ needs before our own. So, a Christian is one who actively puts their beliefs into practice by being humble and honorable and constantly putting others before themselves. To put one’s religion into practice is to be a friend who prioritizes selflessness and modesty over pride and ego.
Who knew being a good friend was the first step in putting your faith into practice? Sharing Christ’s love with people by listening to them and being present is a great way to demonstrate your caring for them and your dedication to your friendships.
It’s quite annoying when trying to have a meaningful chat with a friend, but they won’t stop staring at their phone long enough to pay attention to you. Make a conscious decision to treat others the way Jesus treated them, and your relationships will flourish. Inclusion and sincerity will let your friends recognize God’s love in you.
1 Peter 4:10 — Put your gifts into action.
Each of us has been endowed by God with certain gifts that we are to exercise for the sake of His Kingdom. Those abilities aren’t always obvious to us, but ‘God has given them to us’ so that we might put our faith into practice in this world.
You may, for instance, launch a card ministry if you enjoy surprising those close to you with encouraging words and heartfelt notes. Make a list of everyone you care about and wish to bless, and then send them cards of kindness that quote Scripture.
You’ve taken your talent for writing and began applying it to testify to those around you. Whenever you decide to use your gift for the glory of God, you have transformed it from a gift into a vocation.
Consider the gifts that God has bestowed upon you. What is a simple way you can use one of your spiritual gifts to praise God?
Proverbs 17:22 — Be a beacon of joy.
Unconditional joy is a state of mind founded not on the presence or absence of negative events but on the assurance that comes from knowing Jesus Christ. The world can be depressing, full of miserable people overwhelmed by their problems.
Before getting out of bed each day, we each have the opportunity to decide whether to focus on the positive aspects of our lives or dwell on the petty concerns that may arise. As Christ-followers, we are responsible for setting a good example in how we think and behave.
Nothing ever goes as planned, yet we always have the option to respond in a way that honors God and puts our faith into action when things don’t go as planned.
We can demonstrate our faith and bring light into the world by just choosing to be happy. To do this, you need just to decide to put aside your current predicament and focus instead on helping another person.
Today’s goal is to greet at least one stranger with a smile. You’ll feel great and never know how much impact you’ll have on their day.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 — Be grateful.
If we aren’t actively looking for and acknowledging the blessings in our lives, it’s easy to miss the things we should be grateful for or treat them as if they aren’t as significant. People are bound to take note of you when you actively search out aspects in your life or the lives of those who surround you for which to express gratitude.
You should thank your friend for taking the time to listen to you vent about how difficult the morning was. You should express gratitude to your barista for greeting you with a cheerful face each morning as they prepare your coffee. Express your gratitude to your manager for taking the time to consult with you before the important presentation. You should express gratitude to your partner for folding the laundry so that you may have some time to yourself.
Your eyes and those around you will be opened to the goodness and blessings God has provided for you if you make time in your day to acknowledge and respond to the things happening around you.
Take it a step further and jot out a note to show someone how much you appreciate what they’ve done for you. Your straightforward expressions of encouragement will strengthen them and perhaps even generate a ripple effect.
Colossians 3:23 — Try your best.
In the end, no single person on earth is faultless. We are all just trying to do the best we can so that we can make Jesus proud, but we know that mistakes are inevitable. But making the deliberate decision to give your absolute best effort in all you undertake is an outward declaration that you obey what God instructs humans to do in the Bible.
You are putting your faith into action and serving as a wonderful example to others around you when you labor for the Lord and accomplish things for His glory rather than for your glory.
Romans 12: 4-5 — Surround yourself with good people.
The concept of community is emphasized greatly in the Bible, which contains hundreds of passages on the subject. We must maintain close relationships with other individuals who share our faith since God designed us to be in a community with one another. In light of this, we encourage you to surround yourself with people who have a passion for Jesus and are trying to find and follow Him.
Put yourself in the company of eager individuals to uplift you, pay attention to what you have to say, and give you kind feedback. Since we are called to be lights in the world, this does not imply that you cannot associate with people who do not believe in God.
However, because our intention is to work together, we must constantly expose ourselves to others who will challenge and improve us. This also applies to several social media platforms. Take a good, hard look at the individuals you’re following and the people with whom you interact; are they helping you grow or bringing out your worst?