I believe in gravity. I just wanted to put that out there. In fact, it is so real to me that it informs the way I live. When I walk down a set of stairs, without even thinking about it, I move my foot forward, knowing gravity will bring it down to the next step. When I pour my coffee, I place the cup underneath because I know gravity will pull the coffee down. I don’t have to think about it. It is automatic. One could say that in all my ways I acknowledge gravity. When the Bible tells us to acknowledge God in all our ways, this is the mindset in view.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him…” (Proverbs 3:6)
Faithful Activity Is The Overflow Of Mentality
It is interesting to me that verse 5 starts with the mind and heart, but when we get to verse 6 it shifts to action. It makes perfect sense. What you truly believe will eventually come out through your actions. Your worldview will always determine how you operate in the world.
“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:17
So what we are finding as Proverbs 3:5-6 is unfolding is that trusting in the Lord is an intentional, informed decision based on God’s Word and that trusting in Him will actually alter the way we live our lives. If we take God’s Word to heart our lives will be walking testimonies of Him in whom we trust. But, if we walk in a way that denies Him we do not actually trust in Him. This brings me to my next point.
Faithful Activity Is The Testimony Of A Transformed Heart
If someone lives life as if God’s testimonies are true it is obvious to others that they believe them. If someone lives life as if God’s testimonies are not true it is obvious to others they don’t believe them. Our lifestyles can be a rejection of God! It is like the analogy I began with. I do not hesitate at all to put the cup under the coffee pot. I believe gravity pulls down so much that it reflects in my natural life, even in the things I do without thinking about it. But what if the coffee floats up this time? Not a chance. I know gravity is a guarantee. When we are transformed by placing our faith and trust in Christ our lives begin looking more and more like this verse. As we grow in Him acting out His Word becomes more natural and instinctive. If we are not acting out what we say we believe we then have to ask the question, “Do I really believe it?”
Faithful Activity Is A Testimony To A Lost World
The world is watching. That is an uncomfortable truth. “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” We are talking about activity here, which means, at least most of the time, what is done publicly. You can try to hide under a rock. You can try to lock your front door and never come out of your house. But, no matter what, you will act and behave around other people. It is a fact of life, especially in this present world of social media and easy access. And what you do – how you behave – will testify to those around you what you believe and in whom/what you trust. Often we say we want to reach the world for Christ, but then we do not want to submit our own lifestyles to Him. The world notices. The lost notice. And they reason that it must not be that big of a deal for them since it is not that big of a deal for us.
The bottom line is this. Trust goes beyond a mental and emotional state of knowing. True trust in God will embed itself in your worldview and cause you to behave as if what you know and believe is true.