Live your faith. It’s a phrase that we hear often in church or from mentors and peers, but it can be difficult to articulate what that really means. For such a simple phrase, we often feel paralyzed with how to act on the words and live our faith in our everyday lives. But we want to flip the script and make it easy to start living our faith out loud boldly.
Living your faith is not something that is only confined to the four walls of the church, like volunteering in the nursery or leading a Sunday school class. Instead, it’s an everyday, outward expression of your love for God and what He is doing in your life. It’s a choice that we must make, and it’s one that impacts everyone around us. Below are five ways to intentionally live your faith in simple, everyday actions. You’re probably already doing some of these things in your own life, and you didn’t even realize that you were ministering to those around you!
Be a friend.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 CSB
Who knew that living your faith could start with something as simple as being a friend to others? Being a good listener and attentive friend to those around you expresses Christ’s love through you, shows others that you care, and that they’re important to you. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to have a serious conversation with a friend, and they can’t be bothered to look up from their phone long enough to engage with you. Choose to be intentional with your relationships and treat others how Jesus treated others. Be authentic, and inclusive, and your friends will see God’s love shining through you.
Who comes to mind when you think of who you could be a better friend to? Does someone come to mind that you might want to start a friendship with?
Use your gifts.
Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10-11 CSB
The Lord has blessed each of us with unique gifts that we can use to further His Kingdom. Sometimes, we don’t even realize we have those gifts, but they’ve been given to us for the purpose of living and sharing our faith. For example, if you love surprising the people in your life with handwritten notes and words of affirmation, you may want to start a card ministry. Come up with a list of all of your loved ones and people in your life you want to bless, and start sending them cards of encouragement that include Scriptures. All of a sudden, you’ve taken your gift of words and started using it to live your faith out loud to the people around you! You can turn any gift into a ministry whenever you’re choosing to honor the Lord with it.
Think about the gifts God gave you. What is an easy way for you to put just one of those gifts into practice to glorify God?
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 CSB
Living your faith can be as simple as just having a positive attitude! Every morning, before we even get out of bed, we have a choice to make as to whether or not we will be positive or look for all of the small things to worry about. People take notice of our attitude and actions, and it’s our task as Christ-followers to be an example for others in this way. There is always going to be something that goes wrong or doesn’t go as planned, but we have the freedom to choose how we react to it, and we can choose to react by glorifying God with our attitude, and in turn, living our faith.
Try to simply smile at one or two strangers today, you’ll be blessed by how it makes you feel and you never know what kind of impact it can have on their day!
Show your gratitude.
Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 CSB
We all have things to be thankful for, but it can be easy to overlook them or take them for granted if we aren’t consciously recognizing the blessings around us. When you are actively seeking things in your life and the lives of those around you to show gratitude for, the people around you can’t help but take notice. Thank your friend for taking the time to listen to you when you’ve had a rough morning. Thank your barista for always having a smile on their face while making your morning coffee. Thank your boss for making the time to meet with you before a big presentation. Thank your spouse for folding the laundry so you could take some extra time for yourself. Finding the time in your day to recognize and react to the things around you will open your eyes and the eyes of others to the kindness and blessings that God has provided for you.
Go one step further, write a note or two to let someone know how grateful you are for them. Your simple words of encouragement will build them up and may cause a ripple effect.
Do your best.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 CSB
At the end of the day, no one is perfect. We are all just trying to do our best and make Jesus proud, and we will make mistakes. But consciously choosing to do your best in everything you do is an outward expression that you are following what God asks of us in the Scripture. By working for the Lord and doing things for His glory instead of your own, you are living your faith and showing a great example to others around you.