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Chelsea Eubank

Sitting With The Word: Faith and Action

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The tension between faith and good works — is it legalism, or a softened gospel, or forever a unique mixture of holiness and grace?

James poses the question, What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

In a study I’m working through, I read these words: “Your works will not produce a faith that saves you… Your works will be evidence of the faith that saves you.” via

It can be tempting to think of ‘good works’ as a long list of grand and influential things we are to do as Christians. I’ve lived under this heavy load wondering whether my faith is producing enough of the right things.

The New International Version says it this way: faith by itself, if is not accompanied by action, is dead. The Amplified Bible uses the words ‘inoperative and ineffective.’

It doesn’t say faith, if it is not accompanied by action that is extraordinary to the world’s eyes, is dead. It doesn’t say faith, if it is not accompanied by action that has a lot of followers or success, is dead.

What if good works aren’t only the faith-filled leaps and climbs we take with God for His glory, but also the small, often hidden, obedient steps?

Works like…

  • Being a peacemaker
  • Extending compassion when it would be easier to ignore
  • Cheerfully giving to provide for someone’s need… in secret
  • Humbling yourself, needing no recognition
  • Stopping the angry word before it leaves your mouth
  • Denying self to delight more in God

Whether influential or mundane, seen or hidden, enjoyable or challenging, our faith in an invisible God is made visible by our action.

Even an action as small as offering mercy in a situation when criticism would be easier, leaving everyone involved feeling a little more loved by God.

Starting a new series, for lack of a better word, with the hope of sifting through the treasure and complexities of Scripture together.

stewarding your heart

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The Bible tells us to watch over our heart “with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Other versions say to guard it with all vigilance. Others say to watch over it because everything you do flows from it.

The Bible also tells us to do a few things with our whole heart: trust in the Lord and love Him.

I’m a girl who lives full throttle led by her heart. I enjoy creative thinking, deep conversations, and using my imagination. I like to be active and push my body in a way that energizes me. But God has uniquely wired me to flourish in matters of the heart — care and mercy for another, relating quickly to friends or strangers wherever they find themselves, and feeling emotions deeply.

When I was in high school, I had a coach tell me I was like a chameleon. That I could fit in any group, be everyone’s friend and listening ear, including the counsel, “Make sure you’re pray-ed up.” At the time I only partly understood his challenge.

Over the years, with the help of the Holy Spirit and God’s grace, I’ve learned what stewarding my heart looks like for me. Maybe these practices can be helpful for you.

AGREE with Scripture

Or better yet, beware of when you’re disagreeing with it. Sounds simple, but oh so powerful. Learn what God thinks, about situations, you, the world, and agree with Him. An extension of this would be to take thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:1-6). When you find yourself camped out in a thought, submit it to what you know about God, hold it up to the light of the Bible and see how it compares. Another extension is to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any lies you are believing about God, yourself, or another person, and repent of them. It’s a muscle we must use frequently to strengthen — uproot the lie and align your feelings with your faith, replanting seeds of Truth. His Word will never fail to be the response or answer you need. Pour it in, meditate on it, set up camp in the midst of it.

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lately | stories and graces

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STORY: We attended a ‘newborn and beyond’ class at the hospital this week and walked away with a smidge more familiarly and knowledge so, grateful for that. The most fascinating part to me of the doctor’s presentation was all the things that a baby is born with that go away or change within 24 hours to a few weeks of life. Some aspects doctors still don’t know why they happen! Amazing.

GRACE: A week or so into a new Bible study on cultivating an eternal mindset written by Natalie Met Lewis – enjoying it! She is driven by the belief that Jesus had eyes for the Kingdom and things unseen, so to be more like Jesus, we must also fix our attention there.

STORY: 31 weeks pregnant! Flavor cravings: buffalo and sour cream and onion (not together). Still trying to figure out how to get enough rest. Our dining room still looks like a Buy Buy Baby tornado blew through it; still brainstorming how we want to organize and store items. Current practical thing that overwhelms me: having the right clothes for her. Fun things: continued talk about her name, planning a location to have a friend take some maternity photos, and talking about pregnancy with other moms.

GRACE: “The Lord knows that we are incapable of perfectly keeping each and every one of His commandments, but our love for Him should motivate us to strive daily to deny ourselves and follow Him. Every person must make a decision whether to live her life according to personal preference or according to the unchanging Word of God.” (A few sentences from a YouVersion Psalm 119 reading plan.)

STORY + GRACE: We enjoyed our last beach trip forever as a family of two – crazy! We laughed, played, read, walked on the beach, relaxed, and spent good time with our family.

GRACE: Stillness of soul — composure in the midst of troubles and joys and commotion and excitement — is learned (“self-mastery by the grace of God”), and learned in relationship. You are discipled into such composure. You learn it from Jesus. (David Powlison)