Is Faith an Alternative for Action?

The word “Faith” has been abused, misunderstood and mystified. Consequently, most people who claim to have faith do not really understand what faith actually means. I find it very imperative to share my thoughts about this topic because some people have misunderstood what faith actually means to the extent that they try to excuse themselves from acting in the name of faith. I wonder where they got this idea from. Faith is not complete without action. There is no controversy about it, faith is not and will never be an alternative for action. In fact, action is an indispensable part of what I call effective faith. The words of God categorically confirm the fact that faith without works is dead.

“For as the body without the spirit is dead so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26) 

Faith Without Action is Nothing

I believe you all agree with me that another word that can replace ”work” in the Bible verse above is ”action.” Faith has three components. These components are: Believing, Confession and Action. However, most people exercise their faith only by believing and confession. They ignore the action part which is the most important part of an effective faith.

Now let me proof to you with a mathematical equation that ”Faith without works is dead.” By combining all the three components of faith I gave you above together we can arrive at the equation below. I call this equation the Effective Faith Equation.

Faith = (Believing + Confession)* Action

From our elementary mathematics we all know that any figure no matter how big multiplied by zero is nothing but zero. One billion multiply by zero gives you zero. One trillion multiply by zero gives you nothing but zero. So if the way you demonstrate your faith is only by believing and confessing, then there is a very serious problem. Do you know why? Let us assume you have one billion units of believe plus one billion units of confession the whole thing results to nothing if you have zero unit of action. In that case, your faith equation looks like this:

Faith = (1billion believe + 1billion confessions)* 0 action

And since anything multiplied by zero equals zero, then, your faith equation becomes:

Faith = Zero

I hope you can now see clearly that faith without action is dead. It is nothing but zero. It is an ineffective faith! When something is dead, it becomes ineffective.

My question to you now is this: which kind of faith is yours? Is it the effective one that is backed by strong action? Is it the ineffective one that is devoid of action?

Faith does not excuse you from work

Whichever type of faith you currently practice, I want you to remember that faith does not excuse you from work. In fact, there is no better way to demonstrate your faith to both man and God than by acting base on it. Your action is the strongest proof or demonstration of your faith. It shows you are willing to play your part by giving it all it takes. Let me illustrate my point with examples in the Bible.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ”Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, ”Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.”  (Luke 5: 4-7)

Do you think Simon would have gotten that fantastic result if he had only exercise his faith in Jesus by only believing and confessing that ”I can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens me”? Or ”with God all things are possible.” Yes personally, I strongly believe that with God all things are possible but only for those who are willing to back their faith with necessary actions. Simon got an outstanding result by demonstrating his faith with action, even though the instruction from Jesus did not make sense to him.

Let us look at another case in the Bible when Jesus healed a man with withered right hand.

 “…He said to the man, ”Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as a whole as the other.” (Luke 6:10)

Can you see that when the man was asked to stretch out his hand he demonstrated his faith in Jesus ability to heal him by action? It is recorded in the Bible that he did so, that is he made the effort to stretch forth his hand and he was healed in the process.

The important point I want you to get in all these is simple: effective faith, faith that produces result is not passive; it is rather active.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this write-up. If you are blessed by this message, please forward it to your loved ones. If you’d like to have this topic presented as a seminar in your organization, kindly contact me on: +234 8023277203 or send an e-mail to


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